Dr. Mica Endsley has been appointed chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, the first woman to hold that position in the branch’s history, the American Forces Press Service reported June 6.
Carlin Leslie writes Endsley assumed the role on June 3 and takes charge of the Air Force’s technology and science programs.
“Having served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board for many years, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with the current and several former Air Force chief scientists,” Endsley told AFPS.
Endsley added she intends to collaborate with scientists and engineers in both public and private sectors to build technologies for agency missions.
“Although she arrives at a very challenging time, I’m confident she’ll continue a proud legacy of chief scientists who use innovation and strong leadership to keep our Air Force the world’s finest,” Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s chief of staff, told AFPS.