Dunwoody to be first female four-star general

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Fort Sill soldier is about to make military history.

At a Pentagon promotion ceremony today Ann Dunwoody will become a four-star general - the first woman to reach that level in the U.S. military.

And later at Fort Belvoir, Va., she'll be sworn in as commander of the Army Material Command which is responsible for equipping, outfitting and arming all soldiers.

She was nominated by President George W. Bush in June for promotion to four-star rank and her nomination was confirmed by the
Senate in July.

Dunwoody received her Army commission after graduating from the State University of New York in 1975 and her first assignment was to Fort Sill as supply platoon leader in June 1976.

She remained at Sill in various positions until she was sent to quartermaster officer school at Fort Lee, Va., in 1980.

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