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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to Step Down

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced Friday that she will leave her post in May to join the University of Texas at El Paso as president, the military service reported Friday.

“It has been a privilege to serve our airmen over the past two years,” Wilson wrote in her resignation letter to President Trump. “I am proud of the progress we have made to restore our nation’s defense.”

Wilson, a 2019 Wash100 winner, received Senate confirmation in May 2017 and since then has led the service’s policy and strategy development, weapons acquisition, human resources management, technology investments and risk management efforts.

She spearheaded efforts to build up the Air Force’s readiness and lethality, such as increasing its total force by 15 percent.

Prior to the Air Force, Wilson previously served as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, member of the National Security Council and as a congresswoman.
 

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