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Ann E. Dunwoody


Ann E. Dunwoody

Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody
Born (1953-01-14) January 14, 1953
Fort Belvoir, Virginia, U.S.[1][2]
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1975–2012[3]
Rank General
Commands held U.S. Army Materiel Command
Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM)
Military Traffic Management Command
Battles/wars Persian Gulf War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)

Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody (born January 14, 1953)[4][5] is a retired general of the United States Army. She was the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service history to achieve a four-star officer rank, receiving her fourth star on November 14, 2008.[6]

In 2005 Dunwoody became the Army's top-ranking female when she received the promotion to [7] She served in that capacity until August 7, 2012,[8] and retired from the Army on August 15, 2012.[3]

Early life and education

Dunwoody was born in 1953[9] at [10]


In 1975, Dunwoody graduated from State University of New York College at Cortland with a degree in physical education and was direct commissioned into the Women's Army Corps. 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 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."

Dunwoody's first assignment was as a platoon leader with the 226th Maintenance Company, 100th Supply and Services Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 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, 82nd 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, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg and deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm.[11] 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 Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), she supported the largest deployment and redeployment of U.S. forces since World War II.

Sexual assault prevention

Dunwoody, along with [12]


Dunwoody was in charge of all Army logistics. Her education came from the Florida Institute of Technology and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During her career, Dunwoody managed the largest global logistics command in Army history (69,000 military and civilians, located in all 50 states and more than 140 countries). Along with that she managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. As well as “managed and operationalized the Army's global supply chain for numerous engagements” LMI President and CEO Nelson M. Ford commented:“Ann Dunwoody is highly respected within the logistics and defense community for her remarkable clarity of thought and strategic vision, and we welcome her insight and wisdom to LMI’s Board of Directors,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno claimed that Dunwoody was "quite simply the best logistician the Army has ever had” [13]

Dunwoody participated with First Lady Michelle Obama in a forum for promising girls in Washington, D.C. public schools in March 2009.

Dunwoody officially retired from the U.S. Army after 37 years on August 15, 2012.[3]

Career firsts

Dunwoody is pinned with her four stars by Army Chief of Staff General Casey and her husband Craig Brotchie.

Among her notable firsts, she became the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992. She became Fort Bragg's first female general officer 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 LTG Claudia Kennedy, the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, who retired in 2000.

On November 14, 2008, Dunwoody became the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star General.[14] Her promotion ceremony was held at the [16]


Military awards, decorations and honors

Dunwoody's military awards and decorations include:[17]
Master Parachutist Badge
Parachute Rigger Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
82nd Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
German Parachutist Badge in Silver
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with one service star)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two service stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
French National Order of Merit (degree unknown)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Other honors

  • 1998 Recipient of the Military Distinguished Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps).
  • 2001 Distinguished Alumna 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.
  • 2008 First female four-star general in the United States Armed Services.
  • 2012 Inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame
  • 2012 Recipient Ancient Order of Saint Martin (Army Quartermaster Corps)
  • 2009 recipient of the Association of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Eisenhower Award
  • 2011 recipient of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Theodore Roosevelt Award
  • 2011 recipient of the French National Order of Merit
  • Keys to: Madison County, Huntsville city and Madison city
  • USO Woman of the Year

Personal life

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi with General Dunwoody during the Yankees vs. New York Mets game on June 14, 2009.

Dunwoody was born to Harold (d.2015) and Elizabeth (d.2006) Dunwoody. She has two siblings: Harold H. Dunwoody “Buck” (First Lieutenant-Army), and Susan Schoeck (Army Pilot). In 1989 she married Colonel Craig Brotchie, USAF (retired). They currently have no children, but own a dog named Barney. Dunwoody currently lives with her husband in Tampa, Florida where her brother and sister live, and where her husband currently serves on the board of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.[18]

Dunwoody has a long family history of U.S. military service – going back five generations.[15] She grew up in a military household, the daughter of Elizabeth (died 2006, age 81) and Harold H. Dunwoody (born Jan. 9, 1919- died Sept 6, 2015, age 96) in Englewood, Florida).

Her great-grandfather, Brigadier General Henry Harrison Chase Dunwoody,[19] an 1862 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy,[19] was the Chief Signal Officer in Cuba from 1898 to 1901.[16] Her father retired from the U.S. Army as a Brigadier General in 1973. Brigadier General Dunwoody is a highly decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.[16] He was badly wounded in France during World War II and earned the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery while serving as a battalion commander in the Korean War.[16] As a Brigadier General, he commanded the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) during the Vietnam War.

Her brother, Harold H. "Buck" Dunwoody, Jr. is a 1970 West Point graduate.

Her older sister, Susan Schoeck, was the third woman in the Army to become a helicopter pilot.[20]

Her niece, Jennifer Schoeck, is a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot.[20]

Dunwoody is the daughter of Harold Dunwoody, her inspiration "My own personal hero is my dad, he is a proud World War II, Korea, Vietnam veteran," she said. "And he was a real soldier's soldier. And much of who I am is founded on what I learned from my dad, as a soldier, as a patriot and as a father." [21]


"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

"There is no one more surprised than I – except, of course, my husband. You know what they say, 'Behind every successful woman there is an astonished man.' " 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 "I didn't see gender. I saw soldiers" "From the very first day that I put my uniform on, right up until this morning, I know there is nothing I would have rather done with my life"

See also


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  2. ^ Patridge, Kenneth J. "Dunwoody, Ann E." Current Biography Yearbook. Ed. Clifford Thompson. 69th Annual Cumulation – 2008th ed. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 2008. 111-14 Print. ISSN no. (0084-9499)
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  6. ^ Prior to Dunwoody's promotion to general (O-10), the highest-ranking woman in the history of the uniformed services was Patricia Ann Tracey, who, as a vice admiral in the United States Navy, wore three stars and retired in 2004; United States Marine Corps lieutenant general Carol Mutter received promotion in the same year (1996) as Tracey but retired earlier (in 1999).
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Further reading

  • Complete text, audio, video of Ann Dunwoody's Speech at the 4-Star Promotion Ceremony at

External links

Military offices
Preceded by
Benjamin S. Griffin
Commander, United States Army Materiel Command
14 November 2008 to 28 June 2012
Succeeded by
Dennis L. Via
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