The first female four-star general in the United States military retired Aug. 15.
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody joined the Army in 1974 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Woman’s Army Corps the following year, according to the Army News Service. She most recently served as commander of Army Materiel Command, which has a staff of more than 69,000 spread out over 50 states and 145 countries.
Gen. Ray Odierno hosted the retirement at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. The Army News Service quoted the Army chief of staff as saying, “Ann is a leader who lived our Army values, who always led from the front, who dedicated herself to the profession of arms. In my mind, Ann Dunwoody is the epitome of the Army professional.”