By a vote of 76-22, the US Senate Monday confirmed Heather Wilson, 56, a former Republican member of the House of Representatives, as President Donald Trump's secretary of the Air Force. The vote was 76-22 in favor of Wilson becoming the top civilian overseeing the Air Force. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, she has been president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology since 2013. Before that, she was a House member from New Mexico from 1998 to 2009 and had served on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush.

At her confirmation hearing in March, Wilson praised the stealth capability of Lockheed Martin Corp's) F-35 fighter jet.