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Janet C. Wolfenbarger Nominated

as First Air Force Four-star General


Lt. Gen Janet C. Wolfenbarger, vice commander of the US Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the highest-ranking female officer in the Air Force, has been nominated for the rank of general.

If confirmed, she will become highest ranking woman to ever serve in the Air Force. She is the second woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to earn a fourth star. Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody became the first female four-star general in 2008.

Wolfenbarger began her career in the Air Force as an engineer, and holds a bachelors in engineering science as well as two masters degrees in aeronautics and astronautics, and national resource strategy. In addition to her post at Wright-Patterson (which she inherited from the previous highest-ranking female officer in the Air Force, Lt. General Terry Gabreski), she is responsible for “research and development, test, production, and modernization of Air Force programs worth more than $40 billion annually.” She has also earned the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Gen. Wolfenbarger was graduated from the Air Force Academy in the Class of 1980, the first graduation class after women were admitted to the academy in 1976.





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