US military to name first woman four-star general

Women are officially barred from frontline combat in the U.S. military, but female soldiers often run the same risks as men in Iraq and Afghanistan, where bombings and other insurgent attacks can happen almost anywhere and target any U.S. unit.

US military to name first woman four-star general
The United States military is set to promote a woman to the rank of four-star general for the first time in its history, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

Lt. Gen. Ann Dunwoody, a logistics specialist with 33 years of military service, has been nominated to receive a fourth star and take charge of the U.S. Army's Materiel Command.

"I am very honored, but also very humbled, today with this announcement," Dunwoody said in a statement.

"I grew up in a family that didn't know what glass ceilings were. This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career ... that the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform."

Defense Secretary Robert Gates hailed Dunwoody's nomination as historic.

"Her 33 years of service, highlighted by extraordinary leadership and devotion to duty, make her exceptionally qualified for this senior position," Gates said.

Dunwoody's nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is currently deputy head of Army Materiel Command, the headquarters which provides equipment for U.S. soldiers.

"If a soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, communicates with it, or eats it -- AMC provides it," the command's Web site states.

Women are officially barred from frontline combat in the U.S. military, but female soldiers often run the same risks as men in Iraq and Afghanistan, where bombings and other insurgent attacks can happen almost anywhere and target any U.S. unit.

About 16 percent of U.S. soldiers and about 5 percent of U.S. Army generals are women, according to Army statistics, with Dunwoody the first to achieve four-star rank.

There are currently 57 active-duty female generals in the U.S. military, five of whom are three-star generals, according to the Pentagon.

Reuters
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