The full Senate will consider the nomination of Heather Wilson to be Secretary of the Air Force on Monday, May 8. The Senate will hold “four hours of debate equally divided on both sides” and then vote on the nomination, according to a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). An unspecified procedural hold was placed on Wilson’s nomination after the Armed Services Committee approved it 22-5, delaying its full consideration by the Senate. But, that hold has since been lifted. If confirmed, she would be the first military service secretary on the job for the Trump Administration.
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.