General Ann E. Dunwoody was the first woman to serve as a four-star general in both the Army and the U.S. armed forces. She retired in August of 2012 after serving 38 years in uniform.
General Ann Dunwoody was inspired by her Brigadier General father, and joined the Army in 1974. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps in 1975. Her first assignment was a supply platoon leader and since has served at every level of command.
Most recently, Dunwoody served as commander of the Army Materiel Command, which is one of the largest commands in the Army. The command employs more than 69,000 employees across all 50 states and 145 countries. She capitalized AMC's fundamental logistics functions to maximize the efficiency and services they provided of supply, maintenance, contact support, research and development, base and installation support, and deployment and distribution. She connected AMC not only to the Army, but ensured the joint force was always ready and supplied as well.
In 2008, Dunwoody was promoted to general making her the first woman in the U.S. military to be promoted to that rank. Her hard work, dedication and performance were recognized for making significant history within the military for women.
She has been recognized as a 2001 Distinguished Alumni for the State University of New York at Cortland, the 2004 recipient of the National Defense Transportation Association's DoD Distinguished Service Award, the 2007 recipient of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Distinguished Service Award, the 2009 recipient of the Association of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Eisenhower Award, the 2011 recipient of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Theodore Roosevelt Award, and a 2011 recipient of the French National Order of Merit.
Awards and Decorations:
Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Commendation Medal
The Army Achievement Medal
The National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 campaign stars)
The Kuwait Liberation Medal.
The Master Parachutist Badge
The Parachute Rigger Badge