Conflict Period:
Persian Gulf War 1
Army 1
General 1
14 Jan 1953 1
Fort Belvoir, Virginia 1

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Full Name:
Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody 1
14 Jan 1953 1
Fort Belvoir, Virginia 1
Colonel Craig Brotchie, USAF 1

Persian Gulf War 1

Army 1
General 1
Service Start Date:
1975 1
Service End Date:
15 Aug 2012 1
Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal,Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Southwet Asia Service Medal 2
Awards Continued:
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Master Parachutist Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge (Germany) 2
Commands Held:
U.S. Army Material Command, Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), and Military Traffic Management Command 1
Institution: Industrial College of the Armed Forces 1
Place: Washington, DC 1
To: 1995 1
Study: Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy 1
Institution: Florida Institute of Technology 1
Place: Melbourne, Florida 1
To: 1988 1
Study: Master of Science Degree in Logistics Management 1
Institution: State University of New York College at Cortland 1
Place: Cortland, New York 1
From: 1971 1
To: 1975 1
Study: Physical Education 1

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  • Dunwoody grew up the daughter of a career Army officer and lived in Germany and Belgium growing up. 
  • First woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992. 
  • First female general officer in 2000. 
  • First woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia in 2004. 
  • First female soldier to achieve three-star rank since Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.
  • First woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star General
  • General Dunwoody has commanded at every level, including the 226th Maintenance Company at Fort Sill, OK; the 5th QM Detachment (ABN) in Kaiserslautern, Germany; the 407th Supply and Service Battalion/ 782d Main Support Battalion (MSB) at Fort Bragg, NC; the 10th Division Support Command (DISCOM) at Fort Drum, NY; the 1st Corps Support Command at Fort Bragg, NC; the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC)/Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) in Alexandria, VA; and the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Fort Lee, VA. She most recently served as Deputy Commanding General, AMC.


Other Honors: 

1998 Recipient of the Military Distinguished Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps) 2001 Distinguished Alumna for Cortland State SUNY 2002 Inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment 2004 Recipient of the National Defense Transportation Association’s DoD Distinguished Service Award 2007 Recipient of Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Distinguished Service Award 2008 First female four-star general in the United States Armed Services 2012 Inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame 2012 Recipient Ancient Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps)    


"There is no one more surprised than I – except, of course, my husband. You know what they say, 'Behind every successful woman there is an astonished man."


"I have never considered myself anything but a Soldier. I recognize that with this selection, some will view me as a trailblazer, but it's important that we remember the generations of women, whose dedication, commitment and quality of service helped open the doors of opportunity for us today."


-In an interview with the Military Logistics Forum, Dunwoody explained what drew her to become a soldier:   "I grew up in the Army and came from a family who, since 1862, has defended our nation. My great grandfather, my grandfather, my father, my brother, my sister, my niece and my husband are all veterans of this country’s wars. My father is a veteran of three wars and is one of the 25 million veterans living today who served the nation with such incredible courage. While I joined the Army right out of college, I planned to only stay in the Army to complete my two-year commitment, but it wasn’t too long before I realized that there are no other shoes [boots] I would rather fill than the ones I am wearing right now. As a soldier you can continually serve. It is a calling to be a soldier and there is a great sense of pride and camaraderie in serving the greatest Army in the world."

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