Official portrait of the 23rd United States Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James.
Secretary of the U.S Air Force, Deborah Lee James, is trying to change the culture of the her organisation to make it fairer and more open.
Ms James overseeing 700,000 active duty and reserve airmen and a $110 billion US annual budget, at a time when the US is once again entrenched in foreign conflicts.
Deborah Lee James was an assistant secretary of defence in the Clinton administration, and was previously a senior executive at a major defence contractor, among numerous other roles.
She is visiting Christchurch en route to Antarctica, where New Zealand and the United States have various joint operations and projects.