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By Brian W. Everstine
The Senate confirmed Frank Kendall to be the 26th Secretary of the Air Force by voice vote July 26, nearly three months after he was first put forward as a nominee. Kendall, the former No. 3 official in the Pentagon in the Obama administration, will take over a service pressing Congress for permission to retire aging airframes and overhaul its fleet to prepare for future conflict with near-peer countries, such as China.