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Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody

Dunwoody Nominated to Be First Female Four-Star General

June 26, 2008 06:01 AM
by Sarah Amandolare
Ann E. Dunwoody is the first woman to be nominated to receive four stars by the U.S. Army, and has been promoted to general of Army Materiel Command.

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According to ABC News, “for the first time in American history, a woman has been chosen for promotion to four-star general.”

President Bush has nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to lead the Army Materiel Command, which equips, outfits and arms soldiers. “If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first woman to attain the rank of a full general,” reported ABC.

Women have not earned four-star rankings previously because they’ve been excluded from combat roles, which typically lead to high-ranking military positions. The exclusion stands, but Dunwoody’s nomination signals that “the Army has chosen to cast aside its customary limitations on promotion,” said ABC News.

Dunwoody’s family has a military tradition, and she has held top positions for the Army and Pentagon, including division parachute officer of the 82nd Airborne Division in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, and commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee.

Despite troubling issues, such as more women being discharged than men for violating the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy, a recent study suggested that women in the military have higher job satisfaction than white males.

For her part, Dunwoody heaped praise on the U.S. military. “This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career ... that the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform.”

Headline Links: Dunwoody breaks a barrier

Background: Dunwoody’s past achievements

Related Topics: Women in the military; other female firsts

Reference: Dunwoody’s biography


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