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.
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.
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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