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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force has a new secretary, Michael Wynne, who was sworn in Thursday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wynne took the post after serving as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. He replaces acting secretary Pete Geren, who served as acting Air Force secretary since July 29.

Wynne graduated from the Army’s U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 before joining the Air Force and serving seven years as an officer. He then switched to the industry, including a 23-year stint at General Dynamics, before retiring in 1999 as senior vice president for international development and strategy.

In his new post, Wynne now is the top civilian leader for more than 370,000 active-duty airmen, as well as the 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve and 160,000 civilians.

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