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Army's first female four-star general named 2019 Thayer Award recipient

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. Dunwoody is the first woman in the U.S. military to achieve the rank of four-star general.

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By MICHAEL RANDALL | The Times Herald-Record | Published: April 25, 2019

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first woman in U.S. history to achieve the rank of four-star general, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Sylvanus Thayer Award, the West Point Association of Graduates announced this week.

Dunwoody will be presented with the medal at a ceremony at West Point on Oct. 10. She will be honored with a parade by the corps of cadets prior to the ceremony.

The association presents the award each year to someone whose career embodies the West Point motto, Duty. Honor. Country.

Dunwoody, a native of Fort Belvoir, Va., retired after a 37-year career in the Army. She served overseas in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Her final assignment was running the Army Materiel Command, the Army's largest global logistics command, with 69,000 soldiers and civilians in all 50 states and more than 140 countries.

Past recipients of the Thayer Award include Robert Mueller, General Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, Gary Sinise, President Ronald Reagan and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Former CIA director Leon Panetta was last year's recipient.


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