President Donald Trump will nominate former U.S. Representative Heather Wilson to become Air Force secretary, the White House said on Monday.
Wilson, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, has been President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology since 2013, it said in a statement. “Heather Wilson is going to make an outstanding secretary of the Air Force,” Trump said in the statement.
At the USAF Academy, she was the first woman to command basic training and the first woman Vice Wing Commander. She graduated in 1982 as a Distinguished Graduate and served in the United States Air Force until 1989. Her husband, Jay Hone, is an attorney and retired Air Force Colonel.
Her nomination is likely to face some opposition. She was at the center of a Department of Energy Inspector General investigation into the almost half a million dollars paid to her company by four nuclear laboratories in 2009.
Shortly after leaving Congress, Wilson established consulting contracts with the four nuclear labs—Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Nevada National Security Site—generating over $450,000 for Heather Wilson and Company, LLC., between 2009 and 2011 -according to a report by the Project on Government Oversight.
The investigation found almost no documentation of any services provided by her company. Despite the investigation finding almost no evidence of consultation being provided, her company -in which she was the only employee- kept almost half a million dollars after repaying $442,877 of taxpayer funds.
According to a report by the Albuquerque Journal, when Wilson left Congress on January 3, 2009, she began working for Sandia National Laboratories for $10,000 a month the very next day.
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