Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, left, listens to Gen. David L. Goldfein, right, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson resigns

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has resigned, officials said Friday.

Wilson was confirmed by the Senate in May 2017. She was responsible for organizing, training and equipping and providing for 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces as well as their families. She was responsible for the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $138 billion.

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The Texas Tribune reported that the University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously chose Wilson as its next president of University of Texas at El Paso.

From 1998 to 2009, Wilson was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to the Air Force.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said in a statement that he hopes to see Wilson serve as the first female Secretary of Defense someday.

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“Heather Wilson is a dear friend and former colleague of mine,” he said in a statement. “The importance of her incredible work in the Air Force cannot be overstated. It is not surprising to me that Heather would be sought out by other organizations looking for her strong leadership. I wish Heather all the best in her future endeavors. She will be deeply missed.”


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