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Barrett to be Tapped as Next Air Force Secretary

June 1, 2019

From the Air Force Magazine website

President Donald Trump said on Twitter this week he plans to nominate Barbara Barrett, former chairwoman of The Aerospace Corporation’s board of trustees and a past Federal Aviation Administration deputy administrator, as the Air Force’s 25th Secretary.

If confirmed by the Senate, Barrett will take over for outgoing Secretary Heather Wilson, who joined the service in 2017 and is leaving May 31 to lead the University of Texas at El Paso.

Barrett would become the third woman in a row to serve as the Air Force’s top civilian, overseeing the service’s attempt to refocus on conflict with other advanced militaries in the midst of a massive modernization bill and an ongoing pilot shortage. The Arizona resident is an instrument-rated pilot who became the first civilian woman to land an F/A-18 on an aircraft carrier, and is certified for space flight.

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