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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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Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
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With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.