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Barrett nominated for Air Force secretary

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump nominated an aerospace executive and former ambassador to Finland to be the next secretary of the Air Force on Tuesday.

Trump said in a tweet that he has chosen Barbara Barrett, former chairman of The Aerospace Corporation, to replace Heather Wilson when she steps down at the end of this month after two years on the job.

Barrett, 68, of Arizona, served as ambassador to Finland in 2008 during President George W. Bush’s administration. She also previously served as deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and was vice chairman of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board.

This is the second time she’s been picked for the Air Force job. In 2003, Bush announced he intended to nominate Barrett to replace John Roche, who was to become Army secretary. But when Roche’s nomination was blocked in the Senate, he went back to his Air Force post, so Barrett was never confirmed for the position.

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