Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced June 23, 2008 that the President has nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody of the Army for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as commander, Army Materiel Command.
Women continue to achieve great success and make invaluable contributions to the defense of this nation. This is an historic occasion for the Department of
Defense and I am proud to nominate Lt. Gen. Ann Dunwoody for a fourth star,"said Secretary Gates.
"Her 33 years of service, highlighted by extraordinary leadership and devotion to duty, make her exceptionally qualified for this senior position."
Lt. Gen. Dunwoody was commissioned in 1975 and has served in several positions of command, to include commanding general of Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, and deputy chief of staff, Logistics. Lt. Gen. Dunwoody is currently the deputy commanding general/chief of staff, Army Materiel Command.
If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first female four-star general in American history. The first female service member to achieve the rank of Brigadier General was Col. Anna Mae Hays, chief of the Army Nurse Corps, on June 11, 1970.
There are currently 57 active-duty female general officers in the Armed Forces, five of whom are lieutenant generals.