As the Trump administration shops around for a new Air Force secretary, experts warn it may not be so easy to find top-notch candidates, as many may be reluctant to step up for the job.
In roughly six weeks, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will leave the Pentagon for her new position as president of the University of Texas at El Paso. The UT System Board of Regents confirmed her for the position with a unanimous vote April 2.
Some had high hopes that Wilson, who was confirmed as the 24th Air Force secretary in May 2017, would instead become the next defense secretary. In the meantime, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan awaits President Donald Trump's decision on whether to nominate him for the permanent position, even as the Defense Department Inspector General investigates his ties to Boeing Co.
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