Ohio Air National Guard promotes first woman to rank of brigadier general

Col. Rebecca O’ Connor speaks during the Women’s History Month observance, March 28, 2018 at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio.


By MARY KILPATRICK | Advance Ohio Media | Published: October 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — The Ohio Air National Guard on Friday will promote its first woman to the rank of brigadier general, a position held by just 150 Air Force members across the country.

Col. Rebecca O'Connor will become the third brigadier general currently serving in the Ohio Air National Guard, and become the chief of staff for the organization.

In the position, she will supervise Ohio Air National Guard headquarters staff. Her leadership will help guarantee that the more than 4,700 members of the Ohio Air National Guard are ready to serve.

O'Connor entered the Ohio Air National Guard more than 30 years ago in 1986, and has several in several roles in the organization, including commander of the 124th Intelligence Squadron and the 178th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group.

Most recently, she was the joint director of intelligence at the Ohio National Guard Joint Force Headquarters.

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