Air Force's 1st Female 4-star General Named to Defense Committee

General Janet C. Wolfenbarger (U.S. Air Force photo)
General Janet C. Wolfenbarger (U.S. Air Force photo)

The first four-star female general in the Air Force will become a top adviser to the Pentagon on issues related to women in the military.

Retired Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, former commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, was sworn in Tuesday to become one of three new members on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, according to the Pentagon.

The panel of civilian volunteers advises the Pentagon on the "recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of highly qualified professional women" in the armed forces, the Defense Department said.

The Beavercreek High School graduate was in the first class of women to graduate at the Air Force Academy in 1980. She began her career in acquisition as an engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and held a variety of leadership assignments throughout her career, culminating as the first female commander at AFMC, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

"It is truly an honor to be selected to serve on this important committee," she said in a statement. "I retired last July after serving for 35 years in the United States Air Force. I am thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve my nation in this new capacity."

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter also appointed retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Shannon K. G. Dunbar and former Marine Corps Col. John T. Boggs to the 20-member panel for four-year terms.

Members visit military bases and issue recommendations every year, according to the Pentagon. The committee started in 1951 in the midst of the Korean war.

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