Secretary of U.S. Air Force Visits Space Foundation
On March 7, new Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs for a community breakfast and tour of the facility. The visit was the Secretary's first public appearance in Colorado's Pikes Peak region.
While at the Space Foundation, James toured its Discovery Center, a public space, technology and science attraction, which includes robotics and mission simulator labs that provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lessons for visiting school groups.
In her comments to the nearly 150 guests in attendance, James complimented the Space Foundation for building its Discovery Center with a focus on education first, and as a space museum second.
James is the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $110 billion.
James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector. Prior to her current position, James served as President of Science Applications International Corporation's Technical and Engineering Sector, where she was responsible for 8,700 employees and more than $2 billion in revenue.
During the Clinton Administration, from 1993 to 1998, James served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. In that position, she was the Secretary of Defense's senior advisor on all matters pertaining to the 1.8 million National Guard and Reserve personnel worldwide.
James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative area studies from Duke University, and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., features a public Discovery Center, and it has field offices in Houston and Washington, D.C.