Lieutenant General Ann E Dunwoody made history on Tuesday as the first woman to be nominated to the rank of four star general. According to the Chicago Tribune, Lt. Gen. Dunwoody is nominated to head the Army Material Command, which is responsible for delivering all equipment and arms to soldiers. Her nomination must be confirmed by the Senate before she takes office.
CNN, reports that she became the Army’s highest ranking female officer in 2005 when she was promoted to a three-star general and served as the deputy army Chief of Staff for logistics. Among other accomplishments, she has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
Women are by law excluded from combat duty, which is the typical path to becoming a four-star general. According to CNN, there are currently 57 women serving as active-duty Generals or Admirals. Five of these women hold the rank of three-stars in the Navy. According to the Chicago Tribune there is only one other woman three-star general in the Army.