West Point to Honor First Female 4-Star General

U.S. Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, former commanding general of the Army Materiel Command, salutes during the playing of the national anthem at her retirement ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 15, 2012. (U.S. Army photo/Teddy Wade)
U.S. Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, former commanding general of the Army Materiel Command, salutes during the playing of the national anthem at her retirement ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 15, 2012. (U.S. Army photo/Teddy Wade)

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The first woman to become a four-star general in the U.S. military will be honored with an award at West Point.

Retired Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody will receive the Thayer Award on Oct. 10 at a ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

The award is presented by West Point's Association of Graduates to those whose service in the national interest reflects the academy's motto of "Duty, Honor, Country." Past recipients include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bob Hope and Tom Brokaw and Robert Mueller. Last year's recipient was Leon Panetta.

Before her retirement in 2012, Dunwoody led and ran Army Materiel Command, the largest global logistics command in the Army.

The award is named for Col. Sylvanus Thayer, a revered early leader of the academy.

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