US confirms Heather Wilson as Air Force Secretary

US confirms Heather Wilson as Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate confirmed Heather Wilson as Air Force Secretary, the first service secretary nominee to be approved by Congress.

The upper chamber of Congress voted 76 to 22 to hand the rein of the US Air Force to Wilson, who was a former House member representing the state of New Mexico.

Wilson, 56, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1982 and obtained a doctorate in the University of Oxford, after which she served in the US Air Force for seven years.

Wilson was appointed to the National Security Council in 1989 under the senior Bush administration and after an intermediate period in the private sector, she was elected to the House of Representatives.

Wilson was the first female military veteran elected to a full term in Congress.

The position of Air Force Secretary was the first of three service secretary jobs that is filled, with Trump's nominees for the Army and the Navy facing substantial objection from the Senate.

Mark Green, Trump's second choice for Army Secretary, dropped his bid last week after his anti-minority remarks came to light.

Trump's first pick for Army Secretary, Vincent Viola, gave up his nomination in February due to financial entanglements, three weeks before Phillip Bilden, the Navy Secretary nominee suffered the same fate. (APP)