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Women in the Military

Air Force's First Female Four Star
Apr 11, 2013, 11:49

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General Janet Wolfenbarger, commander, Air Force Materiel Command
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger was commissioned in 1980 as a graduate of the Air Force Academy, and began her career as an engineer in acquisition. She held assignments at the Electronic Security Command and Air Force Systems Command, then several positions in the F-22 System Program Office and the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

She commanded ASC's C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing. She was service's director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence at the Pentagon, and then served as a director of the Air Force Materiel Command Intelligence and Requirements Directorate. She also served as vice commander. 

Currently, Gen. Wolfenbarger commands 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, executing war fighter support through science and technology, weapon systems management, developmental test and evaluation, and depot maintenance and supply chain management. Prior, she was the military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.

She earned a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 1985 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed program management at the Defense Systems Management College. She also holds a master's in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.

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