Heather Wilson, former U.S. representative from New Mexico, will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as secretary of the Air Force, DoD News reported Monday.
Wilson’s “distinguished military service, high level of knowledge and success in so many different fields gives me great confidence that she will lead our nation’s Air Force with the greatest competence and integrity,” Trump said in a White House news release published Monday.
Wilson currently serves as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
During her 11-year tenure in Congress, she served as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Armed Services Committee.
Wilson served on the National Security Council during President George H.W. Bush’s administration and an Air Force officer in Europe during the Cold War.
The U.S. Air Force Academy graduate is a Rhodes Scholar who holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University.
Wilson would be the third female Air Force secretary once confirmed, the report added.