Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia back in 1953 to Harold and Elizabeth. She graduated from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe American High School in 1971. When she was 5 she wanted nothing more than to be a nurse or doctor. After graduating, she enrolled at the State University of New York College at Cortland graduating with a degree in physical education in 1975.
That same year she joined the U.S. Women’s Army Corps commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps where she learned to jump from planes. In her 37 years of service to this Republic she had many different assignments, continuing to rise through the ranks. While serving she had many first for women. She was the first to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division, the first female general officer at Fort Bragg, the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia. However, her most important first is that she was the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service to achieve a four-star officer rank. So, she was the first female 4-star General, not bad, not bad at all. She retired from service in 2012.
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