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Army's first female four-star general to receive Thayer Award next week

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: October 1, 2019

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — Retired Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first female general to earn four stars, will receive the Thayer Award from the West Point Association of Graduates on Oct. 10.

The Corps of Cadets will honor Dunwoody with a parade on The Plain at 5 p.m., prior to a dinner at which the award will be presented. The parade is open to the public.

Dunwoody's great grandfather, grandfather, father and brother all graduated from West Point.

"With four generations of West Point graduates in my family, I am especially proud that I will have ... the opportunity to salute the men and women of the Corps of Cadets who will lead and inspire our future Army," Dunwoody said.

The award is named for Col. Sylvanus Thayer, the fifth superintendent of West Point, who established many of its traditions and is known as the Father of the Military Academy. It is presented each year to someone whose service to the nation 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, Gen. 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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