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Heather Wilson, Air Force Secretary, Plans to resign: NPR

The airline secretary Heather Wilson, shown here at a 2017 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, has said she plans to resign. Carolyn Kaster / AP hide caption change caption Carolyn Kaster / AP The airline secretary Heather Wilson, shown here at a 2017 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, has said she plans to resign. Carolyn Kaster / AP US. Air Force Commander Heather Wilson said in a letter to President Trump that she plans to resign from her post at the end of May. Wilson has been the finalist alone to be the next president of the University of Texas in El Paso, a position the system's rulers will vote for after a state-of-the-art wait of 21 days. She said she will resign after receiving the job. "It has been a privilege to serve with our pilots over the past two years and I am proud of the progress we have made to restore our nation's defense," she wrote. "We have improved the readiness of power, we have cut back on acquisition plans and gained better prices through competition, we have abolished hundreds of redundant regulations, and we have strengthened our ability to deter and dominate in space." There is space – particularly Trump's desire to create a space force – that the Pentagon's sources say the tensions between the Wilson and the White House, which saw her as delaying the process. At the same time, Wilson was seen as a challenger at one point in filling the…

The airline secretary Heather Wilson, shown here at a 2017 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, has said she plans to resign.

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The airline secretary Heather Wilson, shown here at a 2017 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, has said she plans to resign.

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US. Air Force Commander Heather Wilson said in a letter to President Trump that she plans to resign from her post at the end of May.

Wilson has been the finalist alone to be the next president of the University of Texas in El Paso, a position the system’s rulers will vote for after a state-of-the-art wait of 21 days. She said she will resign after receiving the job.

“It has been a privilege to serve with our pilots over the past two years and I am proud of the progress we have made to restore our nation’s defense,” she wrote. “We have improved the readiness of power, we have cut back on acquisition plans and gained better prices through competition, we have abolished hundreds of redundant regulations, and we have strengthened our ability to deter and dominate in space.”

There is space – particularly Trump’s desire to create a space force – that the Pentagon’s sources say the tensions between the Wilson and the White House, which saw her as delaying the process. At the same time, Wilson was seen as a challenger at one point in filling the role of defense minister. Patrick Shanahan, now the acting secretary, has open support for the idea of ​​a space force.

In a memo last September, Wilson said creating a space force would cost about $ 13 billion over five years. “The costs here are additional costs,” she told Defense News. “Setting up a department responsible for recruitment and education, planning and programming and budgeting and all the leadership requirements a department has is a big company. It’s a bold idea.”

Last month, the administration said the space force would be under the Air Force, at least temporarily. It was a shift from the “separate but equal” branch that Trump had proposed.

Wilson inherited an air force involved in many major war support campaigns. “On several occasions, Wilson sounded an overstretched air force – especially after years of privacy-driven cuts – and worried that pilots would be urged to do much,” reported the Air Force Times. “In a press conference from November 2017, Wilson and [Chief of Staff Gen.] Goldfein worried that repeated deployments would burn out pilots and even break the force.”

Wilson, who graduated from the Air Force Academy and was an Air Force Officer during the Cold War, had led the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology when she was dropped for this position.

She is the Republican and represented New Mexico in the Congress 2009-2009. She ran twice for the Senate 2008 and 2012 and lost both times.

The Government of Texas said in a statement that they unanimously voted for Wilson on Friday.

“Dr. Wilson’s broad experience of the highest levels of university leadership and state and national government – to ensure federal grant awards, advise our nation’s major national research laboratories, raise philanthropic dollars, or drive large, dynamic organizations – will help ensure that UTEP continues its remarkable course as a nationally recognized public research institute, says Regent’s chairman Kevin Eltife.

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