Air Force History: First Four-Star Female General Confirmed

Gen. Wolfenbarger (U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish)

The Senate confirmed Air Force Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger for promotion Monday, March 26, making her the first female four-star general in Air Force history according to the official U.S. Air Force website.

Wolfenbarger currently serves as the military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, but with her promotion she will take over command of Air Force Materiel Command headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, on June 5.

A native of Beavercreek, Ohio, she graduated in the first class with female cadets at the Air Force Academy and commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1980. Wolfenbarger also holds a graduate degree in aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

The general has held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; served as the F-22 lead program element monitor at the Pentagon, and was the B-2 System program director for the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB.

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