President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next Secretary of the Air Force will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee for a confirmation hearing “very soon”—possibly by the end of the month—according to a committee spokesperson. Heather Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, was tapped by Trump to be the Air Force’s top civilian soon after his inauguration in January. Wilson is a 1982 Air Force Academy graduate and a former Rhodes scholar who has worked with the National Security Council on matters related to European defense. She served on the Energy, Armed Services, and Intelligence committees as a lawmaker. In 2013, a consulting firm headed by Wilson ran afoul of the Department of Energy for failing to complete work on a $450,00 contract. An inspector general report found that the Department “did not receive evidence that work performed under the agreements had been completed,” even though Wilson’s company had already been paid even. Wilson denied wrongdoing in the case, though her company repaid more than $440,000 to the Department.
The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness revised the Defense Department’s COVID-19 guidelines. The new rules clarify what’s meant by being “up to date” on vaccinations and when personnel must wear masks in vehicles, among other changes.