Trump to nominate Barbara Barrett as Air Force secretary

May 21, 2019 at 5:17 PM

President Trump announced on Twitter today he plans to nominate former Aerospace Corp. Chairwoman Barbara Barrett as the next Air Force secretary.

"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," Trump wrote in the tweet.

Barrett also serves on the boards of the California Institute of Technology, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Rand Corp., and was previously a U.S. ambassador to Finland. She was nominated in 2003 to serve as Air Force secretary under President George W. Bush, but was never confirmed.

Barrett will replace outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who will resign her post at the end of this month to serve as president of the University of Texas at El Paso.