Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has resigned after being selected as the "sole finalist" to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso, the service confirmed on Friday.
If she is formally appointed as university president, Wilson will step down on May 31 to allow for a smooth transition, said Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.
"It has been a privilege to serve alongside our airmen over the past two years and I am proud of the progress that we have made restoring our nation's defense," Wilson said in a statement.
"We have improved the readiness of the force; we have cut years out of acquisition schedules and gotten better prices through competition; we have repealed hundreds of superfluous regulations; and we have strengthened our ability to deter and dominate in space."
Rumored to be a possible nominee for defense secretary, Wilson was confirmed as Air Force secretary on May 8, 2017. She graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1982 as part of the third class to accept women and went on to represent New Mexico as a Congresswoman from 1998 until 2009.
"Secretary Wilson has had a remarkable career of firsts in education and national service, and it's easy to understand why the search advisory committee and the board have been so impressed," University of Texas System Chancellor James Milliken said in a statement. "She has the experience, talent and leadership to build on UTEP's exceptional momentum."
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer took the reins at the Pentagon on Monday, becoming the third acting defense secretary since January.
Spencer is expected to temporarily lead the Pentagon while the Senate considers Army Secretary Mark Esper's nomination to succeed James Mattis as defense secretary. The Senate officially received Esper's nomination on Monday.
U.S. Special Operations Command may be on the verge of making the dream of flying infantry soldiers a reality, but the French may very well beat them to it.
On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron shared an unusual video showing a man on a flying platform — widely characterized as a "hoverboard" — maneuvering through the skies above the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris armed with what appears to be a dummy firearm.
The video was accompanied with a simple message of "Fier de notre armée, moderne et innovante," which translates to "proud of our army, modern and innovative," suggesting that the French Armed Forces may be eyeing the unusual vehicle for potential military applications.
If such experiments took place, the amendment would require the inspector general's office to tell lawmakers if any of the ticks or other bugs "were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design."
There's no one path to military service. For some, it's a lifelong goal, for others, it's a choice made in an instant.
For 27-year-old Marine Pvt. Atiqullah Assadi, who graduated from Marine Corps bootcamp on July 12, the decision to enlist was the culmination of a journey that began when he and his family were forced to flee their home in Afghanistan.
The Air Force has administratively separated the Nellis Air Force Base sergeant who was investigated for making racist comments about her subordinates in a video that went viral last year, Task & Purpose has learned.