- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) - Weather put a damper on Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James’ plans for a tandem parachute jump with members of a special unit training at Cannon Air Force Base.

The jump was called off as a round of thunderstorms hit New Mexico’s eastern plains Tuesday.

Instead, James got to shoot a .50-caliber machine gun during her flight aboard a CV-22 Osprey over the Melrose Bombing Range and she spent time learning more about special operations and Cannon’s role.

James toured the base’s operations center for remote-piloted aircraft and met with air commandos and their families. She also had a one-on-one meeting with the base’s sexual assault response coordinator.

James has served as the Air Force secretary since December 2013 and has three decades of national security experience.


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