Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Wilson honored by Air Force Academy
Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, the only Air Force Academy graduate to serve in Congress, has been selected as one of two distinguished graduates to be honored this year by the Air Force Academy for her "singular and distinctive contributions to our society and nation". She is the first woman graduate to earn this honor and the youngest graduate ever chosen.
"The Academy chooses two graduates each year to hold up as role models to current cadets and the nation. I'm very honored to be one of them this year," Wilson told us. "This award is both about what I have accomplished as a leader, but it also reflects my continued commitment to the education of young officers."
Wilson, a 1982 Distinguished Graduate of the Academy, served as the Cadet Vice Wing Commander and was later selected to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Her active duty service included assignments in Europe where she participated as part of the Secretary of Defense’s team in the Conventional Forces in Europe negotiations in Vienna, Austria. She then served on the National Security Council at the White House. After her military service Ms Wilson joined her husband in New Mexico where she founded a successful consulting service company.
She will receive her award at a formal presentation during Academy Founder’s Day in April 2010.