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Barbara Barrett speaks with attendees at the 2018 Heritage Dinner hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., on June 28, 2018. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

​The White House on Sept. 9 announced that it sent Barbara Barrett’s nomination to the Senate for consideration to be the next Air Force secretary, about four months after President Donald Trump said on Twitter the former Federal Aviation Administration deputy administrator was his pick to succeed outgoing SECAF Heather Wilson. ​

The Senate Armed Services Committee appears ready to fast-track the nomination and has scheduled a Sept. 12 hearing to consider Barrett’s nomination.

If confirmed, she would take over the Air Force’s top civilian post from Matt Donovan, who has served as acting secretary since Wilson left for academia at the end of May.