Trump names Barbara Barrett as the head of US Air Force
WASHINGTON: Former ambassador and Arizona businesswoman Barbara Barrett nominated by US President Donald Trump to lead the Air Force.
68 years old Barbara Barrett, served as the US ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009 under the George W. Bush administration. She also chaired an aeronautics research and development center, The Aerospace Corporation, until 2017.
“She will be an outstanding Secretary!” Trump tweeted.
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. She will be an outstanding Secretary! #FlyFightWin
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2019
A former lawyer and test pilot, Barrett is also a board member at the Rand Corporation, a think tank that provides research and analysis to the US armed forces.
She and her husband Craig, the former CEO of American technology giant Intel, are major Republican donors. Barrett ran for governor of Arizona on the GOP ticket in 1994, the first woman to do so, but she failed to secure her party´s nomination.
If she is confirmed, Barrett will succeed another woman, Heather Wilson, in the position of secretary of the air force.