|Female Gen. Wolfenbarger Gets 4th Star|
She has released this statement: "I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by the President to the rank of general and to serve as commander of Air Force Materiel Command. I look forward to participating in the Senate confirmation process when the time comes. At present, I remain focused on the important Air Force acquisition work I've been charged with."
Wolfenbarger got her third star in 2009. She became the Air Force's highest-ranking woman in January 2010. Yet within the ranks, there is some grousing going on about the promotion. Wolfenbarger has never served overseas or in a combat zone. Some consider her more of a pencil pusher than a warrior. These are some comments made on the the Air Force portal in response to the announcement:
While her multiple degrees and special project experience are certainly commendable I must question the lack of so much as an overseas short tour or extended combat deployment during her entire three decade career. As these factors are closely scrutinized for promotion to senior enlisted ranks they should be more so for promotion to senior officer ranks. I guess it just redefines being able to do more with less.
Those sentiments are not universal, and there is a good deal of pride in the fact she has broken the glass ceiling.
Wolfenbarger's bio shows she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1980 after graduating in the first class with female cadets at the Air Force Academy. She also holds a graduate degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; served as the F-22 lead program element monitor at the Pentagon, and was the B-2 system program director for the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB.
She has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. Wolfenbarger received her third star in December 2009 and became the Air Force's highest-ranking woman in January 2010. Dorian DeWind, a former Air Force officer who is military correspondent for the Moderate Voice, says she is competent for the role she has been given and notes that it has taken more than four decades for the highest rank to open to a female.
(Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs)
EDUCATION1980 Bachelor of Science degree in engineering sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1983 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1985 Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1988 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1991 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1994 Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
ASSIGNMENTS1. July 1980 - August 1981, technical intelligence analyst, Armament Division, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. August 1981 - July 1983, communication systems development officer, Electronic Security Command, Kelly AFB, Texas
3. July 1983 - December 1984, student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
4. December 1984 - October 1987, Chief, Strategic Offense Weapons Branch, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
5. October 1987 - September 1988, executive officer, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
6. September 1988 - July 1993, Chief, Plans and Strategies Division; Chief, Air Vehicle Analysis and Integration Team; and Chief, F-22 Subsystems Team, F-22 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. July 1993 - June 1994, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
8. June 1994 - June 1997, Lead F-22 Program Element Monitor, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9. June 1997 - April 2000, Chief, B-2 Air Vehicle Team, B-2 SPO, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. April 2000 - December 2002, B-2 System Program Director, B-2 SPO, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. December 2002 - July 2005, Commander, C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. August 2005 - July 2006, Director, Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. August 2006 - January 2007, Special Assistant for Command Transformation to the Commander, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. January 2007 - July 2008, Director, Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, and Special Assistant for Command Transformation to the Commander, Headquarters AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
15. July 2008 - December 2009, Director, Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, Headquarters AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
16. December 2009 - September 2011, Vice Commander, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
17. September 2011 - present, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.