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SecAF Barrett speaks with NASA astronaut Col Robert Benhke before launch to space

Woman participates in a conference call.

During a recent visit to Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, on May 21, 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, took part in a virtual conference call along with Chief of Space Operations Gen. John ‘Jay’ Raymond, and spoke with NASA astronaut, Air Force Col. Robert Behnke, about his upcoming mission to the International Space Station. Benhke will be the first American to launch from American soil in nine years, in an American rocket and capsule on May 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Enrique Barcelo)

Woman participates in a conference call.

During a recent visit to Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, on May 21, 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, took part in a virtual conference call along with Chief of Space Operations Gen. John ‘Jay’ Raymond, and spoke with NASA astronaut, Air Force Col. Robert Behnke, about his upcoming mission to the International Space Station. Benhke will be the first American to launch from American soil in nine years, in an American rocket and capsule on May 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Enrique Barcelo)

Woman participates in a conference call.

During a recent visit to Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, on May 21, 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, took part in a virtual conference call along with Chief of Space Operations Gen. John ‘Jay’ Raymond, and spoke with NASA astronaut, Air Force Col. Robert Behnke, about his upcoming mission to the International Space Station. Benhke will be the first American to launch from American soil in nine years, in an American rocket and capsule on May 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Enrique Barcelo)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- During a recent visit to Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, on May 21, 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, took part in a virtual conference call along with Chief of Space Operations Gen. John ‘Jay’ Raymond, and spoke with NASA astronaut, Air Force Col. Robert Behnke, about his upcoming mission to the International Space Station. Benhke will be the first American to launch from American soil in nine years, in an American rocket and capsule on May 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Enrique Barcelo)