Senate confirms Wilson as secretary of the Air Force

"It is an honor to congratulate Secretary Heather Wilson on her confirmation to become the 24th Secretary of the Air Force".

Wilson is the first service secretary to be confirmed in the Trump Administration. She added that she was a member of the House Intelligence Committee when China launched its anti-satellite (ASAT) test in 2007 "and I don't expect that things have slowed down since then".

Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, is expected to be sworn in within a week, according to the Pentagon. In addition, Wilson served on the Armed Services Committee.

Even after the completion of Trump's 100 days in office, dozens of national security positions remain unfilled, with some still occupied by former President Barack Obama's holdovers or civil servants on an acting basis.

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"I'm honored to serve", Wilson said.

Pressed by Reed, Wilson said during the committee hearing that she complied with the rules, adding that, "the review found no fault with me".

Tennessee state Rep. Mark Green (R), Trump's second nominee to be Army secretary, withdrew his nomination amid mounting criticism about his previous comments on LGBT people, Islam, Hispanics, the Second Amendment and creationism.

This also makes Wilson the president's first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber. She has been President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD since 2013, the first female President of the University.

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Wilson largely evaded Democrats who questioned her over the lack of documentation for her work as a defense industry consultant with a Lockheed Martin subsidiary.

Asked by the Journal whether she was troubled by the questions about her Sandia contracting during her confirmation hearing in March or by the 22 senators who voted against her on Monday, Wilson focused on the final result. Sandia and Wilson have denied any prohibited lobbying occurred.

She is the first graduate of the Air Force Academy to hold the service's top civilian post. She served as director of defense policy and arms control on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush. Trump has not nominated another individual to be Navy Secretary.

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