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Trump will nominate Barbara Barrett as Air Force Secretary
President Donald Trump will nominate Barbara Barrett to serve as the next Air Force secretary, the president announced on Tuesday.
"I am pleased to announce my nomination of Barbara Barrett of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to be the next Secretary of the Air Force," Trump tweeted. "She will be an outstanding Secretary! #FlyFightWin"
The Air Force referred questions about Barrett's nomination to the White House.
Barrett served as chair of The Aerospace Corporation's board of trustees from 2013 to 2017, according to the company's website. In 2008 and 2009, Barrett served as U.S. ambassador to Finland. She has was a member of the Afghan Women's Council, during which she founded a program to mentor Afghan women entrepreneurs.
She is the first civilian woman to land an F/A-18 on an aircraft carrier and is friends with Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who was the first female Air Force pilot to fly a combat mission, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
"Congratulations to my friend and fellow Arizonan Ambassador Barbara Barrett," McSally tweeted on Tuesday. "Thanks @realDonaldTrump for taking my recommendation on this important role and selecting an incredibly talented leader as next AF Secretary!"
If confirmed, Barrett would replace current Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who is slated to retire on May 31. Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan is expected to serve as acting Air Force secretary starting on June 1.
"In her two years as secretary, Heather defined the Air Force the nation needs and made incredible progress in implementing the strategy to get us there," Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said in a May 15 statement. "It is fitting that a key member of her leadership team will assume her role to keep the momentum going. Matt will do a fantastic job."
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Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.
'We are a people organization' — Army leaders push renewed focus on soldiers amid rise in sexual assaults and suicides
After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."
Two U.S. military service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Resolute Support mission announced in a press release.
Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the command added.
A total of 16 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan so far in 2019. Fourteen of those service members have died in combat including two service members killed in an apparent insider attack on July 29.
Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.
At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.