25th SecAF portrait unveiled during ceremony at Pentagon

The official portrait of former Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, who also previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Finland, was unveiled in the Pentagon Auditorium, May 13, during a tribute to the stateswomen who led the Department of the Air Force from 2019 to 2021.

Current Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, who hosted the event, touched on Barrett’s legacy of guiding the Department of the Air Force through numerous challenges and achievements.

“In addition to starting a whole new service, which is a full-time job by itself, Ambassador Barrett led numerous modernization efforts during her tenure,” Kendall said, who later directly addressed his predecessor. “I hope that you can see how your work increased the capabilities of the Air and Space Forces even after you left the office. I now see enormous positive changes throughout the force.

“Through your priorities, you advanced the Department of the Air Force, enabled the modernization for the future of the force, and focused on enduring capabilities that will contribute to integrated deterrence for many years to come,” he added.

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