General Ann Dunwoody

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 by Travis Cody in

A one star general is a Brigadier.

A two star general is a Major General.

A three star general is a Lieutenant General.

What do you call a four star general? You call her Ma'am.

General Ann Dunwoody, US Army, was awarded her 4th star today, the first woman ever elevated to that rank. Click here to read the full story.

General Dunwoody comes from a service family. From Wikipedia, in her own words...

"I grew up in the Army and came from a family who, since 1862, has defended our nation. My great grandfather, my grandfather, my father, my brother, my sister, my niece and my husband are all veterans of this country’s wars. My father is a veteran of three wars and is one of the 25 million veterans living today who served the nation with such incredible courage.

While I joined the Army right out of college, I planned to only stay in the Army to complete my two-year commitment, but it wasn’t too long before I realized that there are no other shoes [boots] I would rather fill than the ones I am wearing right now. As a soldier you can continually serve. It is a calling to be a soldier and there is a great sense of pride and camaraderie in serving the greatest Army in the world."

Wiki also reports about the General's career...

First woman in command of a battalion in 82nd Airborne, 1992
First woman general officer at Fort Bragg, 2000
First woman to command Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee VA, 2004
First woman appointed as US Army G-4, which is the logistics arm

General Dunwoody takes command of the Army Material Command, responsible for equipping and outfitting soldiers.

Congratulations Ma'am.


  1. what about that? a woman breaking the glass ceiling... cake for everyone!

    smiles, bee

  1. Jeni says:

    THAT is outstanding, really it is! So great to read about a woman rising through the ranks to the top level. See, just a little bit more of the "Yes, I can" theory, isn't it?

  1. Jeff B says:

    Sounds like she's blazing quite a trail. That's quite a barrier to finally break.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    The gal done good! Congratulations to her. :)

  1. I tip my hat to General Dunwoody.

  1. I just think that totally rocks. A woman 4-star general.


  1. All things are possible.

  1. Travis, thanks for that post! A 4-star female general! Wow! I'm very impressed and happy for her! :)

  1. Kanani says:

    Well, she worked hard for it, she's truly deserving.
    This is great news. I heard it was coming up, glad you reminded me.

  1. Linda says:

    Her family has defended our country since 1862? Wow - that is amazing and such a wonderful thing.

    A big salute to General Dunwoody and her family members who have gone before her to protect our nation and keep us safe!

  1. Anndi says:

    Now THAT is very cool. And her name is Ann. I LIKE that! ;)

  1. Kimmie says:

    My hats off to General Ann Dunwoody! What an inspiration she is! Thanks Travis for showing us that we can be anything we want to be with the ambition and determination to do so. :-)

  1. Travis says:

    Bee: Equal opportunity for all is a great thing!

    Jeni: Yup yup!

    Jeff: Indeed.

    Charles: Well said.

    Akelamalu: She did for sure.

    Sarge: As do I.

    Lois: It does rock!

    Songbird: Yes they are.

    Mary: She's an inspiration.

    Kanani: You are most welcome.

    Linda: I know!

    Ann: It's way cool.

    Kimmie: She is inspiring.

  1. Jamie says:

    Achievement based on merit is a wonderful thing.

  1. Roger says:

    I salute General Dunwoody!

  1. jennifer says:

    My sincere thanks go out to General Dunwoody for her service to our country. She didn't do it to get thanks from me. And yet, she served FOR me... and my husband... and my three kiddos...

    I am thankful for career military folks who spend their life serving and protecting our nation.

    Hope that you and your lady had a wonderful weekend Trav.

  1. Julie says:

    Wow.....not THAT'S an impressive resume! Thanks for sharing Travis!

  1. Julie says:

    Crap i meant "now" not "not"......hate it when I do that!

  1. Kanani says:

    Hello Travis,
    Thanks for coming onto my blog. The air is worse at night. It just hangs there, building up until you find yourself coughing. Well, you remember what it was!

    My car is permanently packed, and the fire nearest me has 0% containment. I hate this time of year.

  1. Cheesy says:

    VERY cool info trav!! Thankz!!