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Trump taps former US ambassador to run Air Force

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US has nominated Barbara Barrett, a former US to and one-time Republican candidate for Arizona Governor, to serve as the next of the

Barrett, 68, a wealthy Republican donor and wife of former Craig Barrett, has served as the of the -- a non-profit corporation based in that operates a federally funded research and development centre for the space enterprise, reported.

Trump made the announcement on Tuesday on Twitter, saying: "She will be an outstanding Secretary!"

Barrett was the US to from 2008 to 2009 under the She also served on the board of the National Air and Space Museum, the Rand Corporation, Science and the

If confirmed, she will be the third woman in a row to serve in the top civilian position at the

Barrett would also join acting in an attempt to win congressional support for plans to establish a separate under the Air Force, one of Trump's top priorities for the service.

She would replace Heather Wilson, a retired and Republican former congresswoman, who is leaving the to become of the University of at El Paso.

Wilson submitted her resignation in March.

Barrett is also a certified astronaut, having spent time at the and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in to become the backup crew member for co-founder when he travelled to the as a space tourist.

According to her State Department biography, she also was of the and a to the to the UN.



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First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 14:56 IST