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The airline secretary Heather Wilson says she will resign

The airline secretary Heather Wilson testifies during a senate defense ministry's subcommittee on preparedness and hearing on Capitol Hill on October 10. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) Dan Lamothe Reporter covering the Pentagon and the US military Paul Sonne National security reporter focusing on the US military March 8 at 12:39 Guardian Secretary Heather Wilson, one of the first officials to join the Trump administration at the Pentagon, said on Friday that she has informed President Trump she will resign, as the University of Texas System announced she has become the sole finalist to become president of his campus in El Paso. Wilson left a letter of notice and released a statement Friday morning where she said it was a privilege to serve with US pilots during the two previous years and that she is "proud of the progress we have made to restore our nation's defense. ". "We have improved the readiness of power; we have cut years of acquisition plans and gained better prizes through competition. We have abolished hundreds of redundant provisions; and we have strengthened our ability to deter and dominate in space," she said. The news of the departure, first reported by Reuters, came shortly after the University of Texas Board of Regents voted unanimously to elect her to lead UTEP. The university said in a press release on Friday that the rulers' decision followed an executive session last week where they interviewed candidates and considered recommendations of a Bureau Search Committee. "Dr. Wilson's…


The airline secretary Heather Wilson testifies during a senate defense ministry’s subcommittee on preparedness and hearing on Capitol Hill on October 10. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Guardian Secretary Heather Wilson, one of the first officials to join the Trump administration at the Pentagon, said on Friday that she has informed President Trump she will resign, as the University of Texas System announced she has become the sole finalist to become president of his campus in El Paso.

Wilson left a letter of notice and released a statement Friday morning where she said it was a privilege to serve with US pilots during the two previous years and that she is “proud of the progress we have made to restore our nation’s defense. “.

“We have improved the readiness of power; we have cut years of acquisition plans and gained better prizes through competition. We have abolished hundreds of redundant provisions; and we have strengthened our ability to deter and dominate in space,” she said.

The news of the departure, first reported by Reuters, came shortly after the University of Texas Board of Regents voted unanimously to elect her to lead UTEP. The university said in a press release on Friday that the rulers’ decision followed an executive session last week where they interviewed candidates and considered recommendations of a Bureau Search Committee.

“Dr. Wilson’s broad experience of the highest levels of university leadership and government and national government – whether to secure federal grants, counseling of our nation’s major national research laboratories, raising philanthropic dollars, or running large, dynamic organizations – will help to UTEP continues its remarkable course as a nationally recognized public research institute, says government president Kevin Eltife in a statement. “Most importantly, she is deeply involved in the student’s success and has dedicated her life to enhancing the mobility of individuals.”

Wilson , a former New Mexico Congressman woman, said in her letter of departure that she expects the board to take a final vote on her 21-day candidacy, according to the Texas State Law dictator, who plans to remain as Air Force Secretary until May 31, as “would allow for enough time for a smooth transition and ensuring effective advocacy during coming congress hearings, “she wrote.

Wilson’s decision comes after Jim Mattis resigned as defense secretary in December, quoting political disagreements with the president. Mattis had recruited her to become Air Force Secretary, she told the Washington Post in 2017. She had served as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for the past four years.

Wilson did not mention any disagreements with Trump in his letter of departure and wrote that she believes that American higher education “needs strong leaders to face the challenges of the 21st century.”

“I really appreciate the opportunity to have earned,” she wrote. “I’m still a strong advocate of our nation’s defense, an Airman for life.”

The Air Force’s top officer, David L. Goldfein, spoke glowingly to Wilson after her announcement on Friday.

“We beat the lottery with @SecAFofficial – under her leadership we became better #USAF and our pilots will continue to shout hard, get even faster, smarter,” he tweeted and referred to her through her Twitter handle. “Because she takes her talent and leadership to my native Texas, I wish her the very best.”

Some congressmen had proposed her as a good replacement for Mattis. Trump is named Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan as Executive Pentagon Manager, January 1, and has spoken positively about him since raising speculation that he could be nominated to stay in the job.

Wilson took the president last year by raising concerns about how much his planned space force would cost the Pentagon, US officials have said. Later, she had openly supported the idea and credited Trump to paying attention to security issues in space and efforts from China and Russia to promote their space-based capabilities.

Wilson had repeatedly said it was an honor to have people suggest that she make a good defense secretary. But her answer to whether she would stay indefinite as Air Force Secretary was unclear. Requested by Posten in January if she was determined to keep her current job, she quoted the movie “Dead Poets Society”, where an English teacher played by Robin Williams urges students to seize the day.

“Tomorrow is really uncertain, says Wilson.” I don’t mean it in a professional way, I just mean you never know. Everything you have is today. What will you do today? And that’s all we have. I try to direct the Air Force to the future, but I think that any of us who [say they] know what will happen tomorrow or next week, kidding ourselves about what it means to be human. We have no security in life, and I always live my life that way. “

Missy Ryan contributed to this report.

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