Gen. Dunwoody–America’s first female four-star general

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In an emotional promotion ceremony at the Pentagon Friday morning, Lt. Gen. Ann Dunwoody made history when she was promoted to Four-Star General, becoming the first woman to ever receive such a rank in the U.S. military.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Central Command Commander Gen. David Petraeus were all present at the ceremony.

U.S. President George Bush nominated Dunwoody for the post in June, and the decision was approved by the U.S. Senate.

“This promotion has taken me back in time like no other event in my entire life,” she said. “And I didn’t appreciate the enormity of the events until tidal waves of cards, letters, and e-mails started coming my way.

Dunwoody has served in the U.S. Army for 33 years. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1975 following her graduation from the State University of New York in Cortland. She also has graduate degrees in national resource strategy and logistics management.

Following the Pentagon ceremony Friday, Gen. Dunwoody was later sworn in at Fort Belvoir, Va. as commander of the Army Materiel Command, in charge for equipping, outfitting and arming all soldiers.

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