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First Female Four-Star General For US

Ann E. Dunwoody became the first woman ever to achieve the rank of four-star general in the US Army on Friday, after 33 years of service. At the ceremony Dunwoody, 55, said she is shocked to make history in a male-dominated military. She said:

"Thirty-three years after I took the oath as a second lieutenant, I have to tell you this is not exactly how I envisioned my life unfolding. Even as a young kid, all I ever wanted to do was teach physical education and raise a family. It was clear to me that my Army experience was just going to be a two-year detour en route to my fitness profession. So when asked, 'Ann, did you ever think you were going to be a general officer, to say nothing about a four-star?' I say, 'Not in my wildest dreams.'"

To watch a clip of her touching acceptance speech,


There are only 21 female general officers in the army, most of whom are at the one-star rank of brigadier. It was not until 1970 that the army had its first female one-star.


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Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
Congradulations General Dunwoody! We are indeed living in exciting times!
millarci millarci 8 years
Congrats to her! :)
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
This is absolutely outstanding. She EARNED it and she DESERVES it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that this is very telling that there are changes going on and that we are evolving. it's been a hard struggle for women in just about every aspect of their life - especially in the military and i think that it's wonderful that she has this honor and other women in service can look up to her and have the same aspirations.
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
Congrats General Dunwoody!! It is great to see barriers being broken. :)
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Good for her!! I know she's American but my eyes were telling me she looked German so I was surprised when I watched the video and heard her speak. ;) What an amazing accomplishment for her and for all women!
janneth janneth 8 years
You go, girl, er, I mean general, sir, um, I mean ma'am.
foxie foxie 8 years
I'm so happy for her and for our military. Military women are so special for taking the plunge and serving their country, despite the military's demographics, and General Dunwoody is a wonderful inspiration and a true testimony to the expanding importance of women in the service.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
I agree with Harmony France.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I love it! :)
nicachica nicachica 8 years many barriers broken in just the past month! Yay for making it to the top General Dunwoody! This just brings a huge smile to my face. I am really proud of her even though i never heard of her until yesterday morning. :)
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I agree MM!! This is amazing. I'm very proud of her.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I am so excited by this news! I am so proud of her - even though I don't know her! I have a huge smile on my face! :-)
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Good for her, that is so exciting! I feel like so many barriers are being broken lately, it's nuts! I hope things like this give hope to people who are still fighting discrimination that it is possible to break through it.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
When I watched the video yesterday, I got so excited. When I was interested in joining the Navy when I was younger, my goal was to be the first 4 star general in the Navy and I had boys tell me its not possible. But what do they know.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That's so amazing.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
This is so so so so so so cool. We are in such a special time right now.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Before I watched the video and even before I read the article all I did was read the headline and tears were flowing down my cheeks. I tell this month has been too much I think it's all hitting me today cause this has turned me into a basket case, lol. I am so proud and so happy for her. When I pull my self together I might come back later and say something more eloquent. I need my coffee, see what happens when I role out of bed and don't have my coffee.
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