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Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody (born January 14, 1953) is a retired United States Army general.
She was the first woman in the United States military and uniformed services to reach a four-star officer rank in 2005, becoming the Army's top-ranking female when she was promoted to lieutenant general (three actors) and then Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 (logistics).
President George W. Bush nominated her as Commanding General, US Army Materiel Command on June 23, 2008, and the Senate confirmed her a month later.
She served in that capacity until August 7, 2012, and then resigned from the Army on August 15, 2012.
Early life and education
Dunwoody was born in 1953 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to Elizabeth and Harold Dunwoody. While growing up, her father was a career army officer, and the family lived in Germany and Belgium. She graduated from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in 1971.
Dunwoody, a 5-year-old girl, decided she wanted nothing more than to become a doctor or nurse. Despite the fact that she came from a family with a strong tradition of military service, she had no intention in serving in the military. Dunwoody, a high school student, attended State University of New York College in Cortland. Dunwoody completed a four-week Army introductory program during her junior year of college, which may be extended if desired with an eleven-week Women's Officer Orientation Course, which culminated in a two-year commitment. She joined and became a 2nd lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in 1975, where she learned to jump from airplanes. It was then that she realized that the army was "an institution that was as values-based as the family I came from, and that finding my true passion was soldiering." "I didn't know it because I had never heard of it."
Dunwoody was born to Harold and Elizabeth Dunwoody. Harold H. "Buck" Dunwoody (First Lieutenant-Army), and Susan Schoeck (Army pilot). Colonel Craig Brotchie, USAF, married her in 1989. They have no children, but they do have a dog named Barney. Dunwoody and her husband now reside in Tampa, Florida, where her brother and sister live, as well as the Special Operations Warrior Foundation's board.
Dunwoody has a long tradition of United States military service, dating back to five generations. She grew up in a military family. Brigadier General Henry Harrison Chase Dunwoody, a 1866 graduate of the United States Military Academy, served as the Chief Signal Officer in Cuba from 1898 to 1901. In 1973, her father was exiled from the United States Army as a brigadier general. Brigadier General Dunwoody is a highly decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During World War II, he was seriously wounded in France and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery while serving as a battalion commander in the Korean War. During the Vietnam War, he commanded the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized). Harold H. "Buck" Dunwoody Jr., a 1970 West Point graduate, is her brother. Susan Schoeck, Susan Schoeck's older sister, was the third woman in the army to be a helicopter pilot. Jennifer Schoeck, her niece, is a United States Air Force fighter pilot.
Dunwoody's daughter is inspired by Harold Dunwoody's "My personal hero is my dad," she said. "And he was a true soldier's soldier." I'm based on what I learned from my dad, as a soldier, as a patriot, and as a father.
Dunwoody graduated from State University of New York College at Cortland with a degree in physical education—Cortland is a Top Ten school in that field—and was immediately accepted into the Women's Army Corps. Dunwoody spoke with the Military Logistics Forum about what drew her to be a soldier.
Dunwoody's first assignment was as a platoon commander with the 226th Maintenance Company, 100th Supply and Services Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. During her 30 years as a Quartermaster Corps officer, she commanded the 226th Maintenance Company Fort Sill, Oklahoma; 5th Battalion Support Command (DISCOM), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 10th Corps Support Battalion (MSB), Fort Drum, North Carolina; the 10th Corps Support Command (1st COSCOM), Alexandria, North Carolina; and the Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee, Virginia; the 10th Army Support Command (CASCOM) Command
Dunwoody's most notable positions include serving as the Parachute Officer, the 82nd Airborne Division's strategic planner; Executive Officer to the Director of the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff (CSA); and Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics G-4.
Dunwoody served as executive officer and then division parachute officer for the 407th Airborne Division, located in Fort Bragg, Saudi Arabia, for Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm, from May 1989 to May 1991. In 2001, as the 1st Corps Support Command Commander, she sent the Logistics Task Force to support Operation Enduring Freedom 1 and the Joint Logistics Command in Uzbekistan in support of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)-180. She supported the biggest deployment and redeployment of US forces since World War II as Commander of Surface Deplosion and Distribution Command (SDDC).
Dunwoody and George W. Casey Jr., together with George W. Casey Jr., were instrumental in calling for a decrease in sexual assault in the United States Army. Dunwoody believes that the United States Army should lead the world's poorest example and that they have "critical work left to do" in order to drastically reduce sexual assault, but that they are making strides.
All army logistics were handled by Dunwoody. Her education came from the Florida Institute of Technology and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Dunwoody led the country's biggest multinational logistics service (69,000 troops and civilians, distributed in all 50 states and more than 140 countries) during her career. "She supervised and implemented the Army's global supply chain for numerous engagements" in addition to her $60 billion budget and was responsible for oversight of over $70 billion in service contracts. Dunwoody was "quite literally the best logistician the Army has ever had," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said.
In March 2009, Dunwoody appeared alongside First Lady Michelle Obama in a forum for promising girls in Washington, D.C. public schools.
On August 15, 2012, Dunwoody officially retired from the US Army after 37 years.
She was one of her first appearances in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992, making her the first woman to command a battalion. In 2000, she became Fort Bragg's first female general officer. She was the first woman to head the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, in 2004. Dunwoody became the first female soldier to reach three-star rank since Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, who resigned in 2000.
Dunwoody became the first woman in United States military history to receive the rank of four-star general on November 14, 2008. Her promotion ceremony took place at the Pentagon, with introductory remarks by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey.
General Raymond T. Odierno, Casey's replacement as Army chief of staff, planned to recommend Dunwoody as the successor to Air Force general Duncan J. McNabb as the first female combatant commander. Dunwoody, citing the physical strain of her current duties, turned down the invitation and decided to retire after completing her tour with AMC. Army general Stephen R. Lyons and Air Force general Lori J. Robinson respectively filled the aforementioned milestones.