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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson
Departing SECAF Wilson's nine parallels for leadership
June 12, 2019
— As former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson departed her civil service career to step into the role of President, University of Texas, El Paso, she passed along parting words of wisdom and encouragement to senior enlisted leader at a recent summit...
Wilson praises Airmen, expresses gratitude in farewell remarks reflecting on her tenure as Air Force secretary
May 22, 2019
— Two years and nine days since becoming the 24th Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson bid a formal farewell May 21 to the institution and its Airmen, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to serve and declaring, “I will always be an Airman.”...
Air Force to pay up to $500 for spouse occupational license transfer during PCS
May 17, 2019
— The Air Force announced the spouse relicensure reimbursement program May 15, which would provide financial relief up to $500 to Airmen whose spouses must obtain state occupational relicensures or recertifications during a permanent change of station or assignment across state lines...
Final Doolittle Raider’s tradition of honor and legacy of valor celebrated at memorial
April 19, 2019
— he tradition of honor and legacy of valor that defined the life of retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole were celebrated during a memorial service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph April 18. On the day marking the 77th anniversary of the storied World War II Doolittle Tokyo raid and in a hangar surrounded by vintage aircraft linked to the Doolittle Raider’s career, Cole’s family and friends, Air Force senior leaders, and Airmen of all ranks gathered to recognize the accomplishments of the humble warrior from Ohio who answered his nation’s call in America’s darkest days...
Wilson, Goldfein outline Air Force progress, need for larger force
April 2, 2019
— Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein told the House Armed Services Committee April 2 that the Air Force must get bigger and funding must be predictable to meet – and defeat – security threats at home, globally and in space in an era of great power competition...
Air Force unveils new infrastructure strategy to get more value for money, improve facilities
March 25, 2019
— The Air Force announced March 22 a new Infrastructure Investment Strategy following a yearlong review that brings new analytical tools and focus that will enhance readiness at bases worldwide...
Secretary of the Air Force announces resignation
March 12, 2019
— Upon a favorable final vote by the regents, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced her resignation March 8, after serving in her position as the service’s top civilian since May 2017, to accept the role as president of the University of Texas at El Paso. Wilson will continue to serve as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force until May 2019...
Air Force’s focus on readiness yields results, highlights innovation, problem solving
November 27, 2018
— From a distance, the idea – and operational meaning – of “readiness” for the U.S. Air Force seems straightforward. Be prepared. Have all the equipment, training and personnel necessary to accomplish any mission quickly, efficiently and decisively. It means being primed, prepared and available for full-spectrum combat on a moment’s notice. In reality, however, achieving and sustaining readiness across the Air Force’s vast operation is a far more complex and nuanced proposition. It also is a highly visible, high volume priority...
Secretary of the Air Force provides Air Force update
September 18, 2018
— Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson presented an update of the state of the Air Force Sept. 17, during the 2018 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Wilson discussed restoring force readiness, space operations and the future of the Air Force during her presentation...
Air Force senior leaders announce 2018 Spark Tank Competition
September 18, 2018
— Enlisted, officer and government employees may now submit their innovative ideas for the 2018 Air Force Spark Tank Competition. The competition calls for Airmen to pitch their innovative ideas to the Air Force’s senior leaders through the the IdeaScale Ideation platform at usaf.ideascalegov.com, and will culminate in a showcase of those ideas in Orlando, Florida, early next year at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium...
Air Force releases operational safety review findings
September 10, 2018
— Air Force units across all levels of command are addressing the issues identified by an Air Force-wide operational safety review, initiated this spring by the Air Force Chief of Staff...
Operational squadrons key to 'Air Force We Need'
September 6, 2018
— Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson outlined the way the Air Force will approach its future force structure while speaking at the Defense News annual conference in Arlington, Sept. 5...
Air Force transfers cyber responsibility to Air Combat Command
June 8, 2018
— Air Force officials announced the service’s cyber responsibilities will realign to Air Combat Command from Air Force Space Command...
Air Force secretary: This is about lethality and mission effectiveness
February 26, 2018
— Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson spoke about the importance of innovation and research and development during her State of the Air Force speech at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22. ...
Secretary of the Air Force: the first interview
June 6, 2017
— In some ways, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson believes her entire life was a diversion from its planned course...