Armed Forces News

Senior Airman Sawyer Ezzell, a crew chief with the 123rd Maintenance Group, 123rd Airlift Wing, services the liquid oxygen system of a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 15, 2019, as part of Immediate Response 2019. The annual exercise is focused on allied airborne forces’ ability to quickly and effectively respond to crisis situations as an interoperable, multinational team. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

President Biden nominated Frank Kendall to serve as the next Secretary of the Air Force. If confirmed by the Senate, Kendall will bring more than 45 years’ experience in defense acquisition, engineering, management and national security expertise to the position of the service’s senior-most civilian leader.

Kendall served as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics during the Obama administration, and holds a law degree from Georgetown University. After graduating from the U.S Military Academy, Kendall retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He also holds graduate degrees from the California Institute of Technology and C.W. Post Center of Long Island University in New York.

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The White House also announced that Gina Ortiz Jones has been nominated to serve as Under Secretary of the Air Force. Jones, former Air Force intelligence officer, Is a member of the LGBTQ community, serving during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. After leaving the military, she worked as a military advisor for operations in Central and South America, and later went on to work with the Defense Intelligence Agency during the formation of U.S. Africa Command.