Ann E. Dunwoody

Infobox Military Person
name=Ann E. Dunwoody

caption= General Ann E. Dunwoody, USA
allegiance= United States of America
branch= United States Army
serviceyears=1975 - present
rank= General
unit= United States Army Materiel Command
commands=Deputy, U.S. Army Materiel Command Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM); Military Traffic Management Command
battles=Desert Storm

General Ann E. Dunwoody, USA is the current Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4. On June 23, 2008, U.S. President George W. Bush nominated her to serve as the next Commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command. She was confirmed by the Senate on July 23, 2008. [ [] - NOMINATIONS CONFIRMED (NON-CIVILIAN)] Dunwoody is the first woman in the U.S. military to be nominated and confirmed to hold the rank of four-star general and when promoted, will be the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. military.

By law women are excluded from combat jobs, the typical path to four-star rank in the military. However, in 2005, Dunwoody became the Army's top-ranking female when she received the promotion to lieutenant general and became the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 (logistics). In 2008, she was named the Deputy Commanding General of Army Materiel Command and was nominated by President Bush shortly after assuming that duty.


The daughter of a career Army officer, Dunwoody lived in Germany and Belgium while she was growing up. She graduated from SHAPE American High School in 1969. A native of New York, Dunwoody was direct commissioned into the Women's Army Corps in 1975 upon graduation from the State University of New York. Her first assignment was as a platoon leader with the 226th Maintenance Company, 100th Supply and Services Battalion, Fort Sill, Okla. In an interview with the Military Logistics Forum, Dunwoody explained what drew her to become a soldier:

"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 then 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."

During her 30+ years as a Quartermaster Corps officer she has commanded the 226th Maintenance Company Fort Sill, OK; 5th Quartermaster Detachment (Airborne) Kaiserslautern, Germany; the 407th Supply and Service Battalion/ 782d Main Support Battalion (MSB), Fort Bragg, NC; the 10th Mountain Division Support Command (DISCOM), Fort Drum, NY; the 1st Corps Support Command (1st COSCOM), Fort Bragg, NC; the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC)/Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), Alexandria, VA; and the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), Fort Lee, VA.

Her major staff assignments include service as the Parachute Officer, 82d Airborne Division ; strategic planner for the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA); Executive Officer to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics G-4.

From May 1989 to May 1991, Dunwoody served as executive officer and later division parachute officer for the 407th Supply and Transportation Battalion, 82d Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg and deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm. [ [ Supporting Soldiers - Lieutenant General Ann E. Dunwoody - Military Logistics Forum ] ] in 2001, As the 1st Corps Support Command Commander she deployed the Logistics Task Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 1 and stood up the Joint Logistics Command in Uzbekistan in support of Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)-180. As Commander of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), she supported the largest deployment and redeployment of U.S. forces since WWII.

Among her notable firsts, she became the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992. She was the first woman general officer at Fort Bragg in 2000. She became the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia in 2004. And in 2005, Dunwoody became the first female soldier to achieve three-star rank since Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, the former deputy chief of staff for intelligence who retired in 2000. First woman appointed as the Army G-4.


* Graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1975, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.
*Quartermaster Officers’ Basic Course and Basic Airborne School in 1976
* Quartermaster Advanced Course
*Command and General Staff College
* Master of Science Degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1988.
* Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1995.


*Distinguished Service Medal
*Defense Superior Service Medal
*Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster
*Defense Meritorious Service Medal
*Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
*Army Commendation Medal
*Army Achievement Medal
*National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
*Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 campaign stars)
*Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
*Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
*Master Parachutist Badge
*Parachute Rigger Badge
*Army Staff Identification Badge
*Parachutist Badge (Germany)

Other Honors

* 1998 Recipient of the Military Distinguished Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps).
* 2001 Distinguished Alumni for Cortland State SUNY.
* 2002 Inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment.
* 2004 Recipient of the National Defense Transportation Association’s DoD Distinguished Service Award.
* 2007 Recipient of Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Distinguished Service Award.


Her father is retired Brigadier General Harold H. Dunwoody, 89, of Englewood, Florida. He retired in 1973, and is a highly decorated veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was badly wounded in France during WWII and earned the Distinguished Service Cross for bravely while serving as a battalion commander in the Korean War. As a Brigadier General, he commanded the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechnized) during the Vietnam War.

Her great-grandfather, Henry Harrison Chase Dunwoody also served as a one star general.

Her mother Elizabeth died in 2006 at the age of 81.

Harold H. Dunwoody, Jr., nicknamed “Buck,” is her older brother. A 1970 West Point graduate, he achieved the rank of First Lieutenant.

Susan Schoeck, is her older sister, who became the third woman in the Army to become a helicopter pilot.

Jennifer Schoeck, her niece, is an Air Force fighter pilot.

She is married to Colonel Craig Brotchie, USAF (Retired) for 18 years. They have one puppy, Barney.


"I am very honored but also very humbled today with this announcement, I grew up in a family that didn't know what glass ceilings were. This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career that the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform." Lieutenant General Ann Dunwoody

"I have never considered myself anything but a Soldier. I recognize that with this selection, some will view me as a trailblazer, but it's important that we remember the generations of women, whose dedication, commitment and quality of service helped open the doors of opportunity for us today." Lieutenant General Ann Dunwoody

"“I have followed her career for 33 years. Every assignment she has ever had, she’s done in an outstanding manner. So it really doesn’t surprise me she was the first woman selected for four stars.”" Dunwoody's Father, retired Brigadier General Harold H. Dunwoody

"Lieutenant General Dunwoody's nomination not only underscores her significant contributions and success throughout 33 years of service, but also shows the level of possible opportunity in our Army's diverse, quality, all-volunteer force. Our nation will continue to benefit from Lieutenant General Dunwoody's leadership as the Army continues to build strength from our diversity." General George W. Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army

"Her 33 years of service, highlighted by extraordinary leadership and devotion to duty, make her exceptionally qualified for this senior position," Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense


Other Notable Women Generals

*Anna Mae Hays, USA, first one-star general in the U.S. Army and the U.S. military.
*Jeanne M. Holm, USAF, first one-star general in the Air Force; first two-star general in the U.S. military.
*Leslie F. Kenne USAF first three-star general in the U.S. Air Force.
*Claudia J. Kennedy, USA, first three-star general in the U.S. Army.
*Carol A. Mutter, USMC, first three-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. military.

External links

* [ Department of Defense Press Release]
* [ First female four-star general nominated (CNN)]
* [ Army Material Command Biography]
* [ New York Times Article; Commanding a Role for Women in the Military]
* [ Washington Post Article; Army General's Nomination Called Historic]
* [ Outside the Beltway; Ann Dunwoody Tapped for Third Star]
* [ Huffington Post; Dunwoody to Become First Female Four Star General]
* [ U.S. Army Website; Quotes]
* [ Army Times; Dad proud of daughter in line to be 4-star]

NAME= Dunwoody, Ann E.
SHORT DESCRIPTION= United States Army general

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