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New U.S. Ambassador to Finland is former Hornet pilot


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United States President George W. Bush has named Barbara Barrett as the country’s new Ambassador to Finland. The appointment is still to be ratified by the Senate.
      As the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, Barrett replaces Marilyn Ware, who was here from March 2006 until the end of last month. Both women are Bush’s financial and political supporters instead of career diplomats, who have been conspicuously absent from Bush’s nominee lists to Helsinki.
     
The U.S. Ambassador to Finland will not necessarily change after the Presidential election in November, provided that Bush will be followed by the Republican candidate, Senator John McCain.
      Both McCain and Barrett are key figures within the Republican Party in their home state of Arizona.
      Barrett’s list of credits is a mile long. She has had a notable career as a lawyer, especially within the realms of international politics and civil aviation.
      Among other things, she has been the vice chair of the United States Civil Aeronautics Board as well as the first female deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She has also taught at Harvard University. Currently Barrett serves as the chief executive of Triple Creek Ranch, a luxury resort in Montana.
      Barrett, 57, is an active aviator, and is said to have been the first civilian female pilot to land an F/A-18 Hornet on an aircraft carrier. She also serves on the board of Raytheon Company, which is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers.
     
An equally interesting personality is Barrett’s husband.
      As the Chairman of the Board and former CEO of the microchip manufacturer Intel Corporation Craig Barrett, 68, is one of the most influential executives in the world of technology.


Links:
  Embassy of the United States, Helsinki, Finland
  Barbara Barrett (Wikipedia)
  Triple Creek Ranch

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 New U.S. Ambassador to Finland is former Hornet pilot

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