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Senate confirms Trump's pick for Air Force secretary

Senate confirms Trump's pick for Air Force secretary

Former congresswoman Heather Wilson was confirmed as President Donald Trump's Secretary of the Air Force Monday.

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Nominee Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee, as a part of the confirmation process in Washington, DC, U.S. on March 30, 2017.

Both North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp have met with or spoken with Wilson about reinforcing North Dakota's role in the nuclear triad, and Heitkamp said she secured a commitment from Wilson to visit North Dakota.

The former lawmaker, who represented Albuquerque in Congress from 1998 until 2009, has said she will resign her current position as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D., to accept the Pentagon job.

On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee will consider the nominations of David Norquist to be defense undersecretary/comptroller; Robert Daigle to be director of cost assessment and program evaluation at the Defense Department and Elaine McCusker to be principal deputy defense undersecretary/comptroller. It has been DOD's "executive agent" for space for many years, but an attempt was made during the Obama Administration to better coordinate space activities throughout DOD by creating the position of Principal DOD Space Advisor (PDSA). Wilson maintained she did nothing improper and was not implicated in any wrongdoing.

"I look forward to getting to work, focusing on readiness, modernization, development of leaders and research for the future", said Wilson. His picks for secretaries of the Army and Navy were forced to withdraw from consideration. The original nominees for Secretary of the Army and Secretary of the Navy withdrew because of financial entanglements. She would be would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Air Force secretary if confirmed by the Senate.

However, Sandia reimbursed the government for fees paid to the consulting company run by Wilson. She earned masters and doctoral degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England and served on the National Security Council Staff under President George H.W. Bush. Wilson denied any wrongdoing.


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