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Secretary of the Air Force

Portrait of Deborah Lee James, Acting Secretary of the Air Force
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish)

Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She was confirmed as 23rd Secretary of the Air Force on Dec. 13, 2013, and was appointed to the position Dec. 20, 2013. She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families.

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State of the Air Force July 2014 Update 
Press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, July 30, 2014, on the State of the Air Force. 

- Defense Writers Group by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, June 18, 2014
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James at Defense Writers Group in Washington, D.C., June 18, 2014

- Press Briefing on the AFGSC CDI, FIP investigations update March 2014
Press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, March 27, 2014.

- Air Force Fiscal 2015 Budget Strategy
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Gen. Larry O. Spencer, Air Force vice chief of staff, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Bloomberg Government Defense Summit in Washington, D.C.

- State of the Force Feb. 2014 
Remarks by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James Feb. 20, 2014, during the Air Force Association's 2014 Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla.

Press Briefing on Malmstrom AFB Investigation Jan. 2014
Press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Jan. 15, 2014, on an investigation involving missile launch officers. 

-  State of the Air Force Dec. 2013 Update 
Press briefing by Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Dec. 13, 2013, on the State of the Air Force. 

- Press Briefing on the AFGSC CDI, FIP investigations update March 2014
Press briefing by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, March 27, 2014.