First Female Air
Force 4 Star General To Head Up Air Force Materiel Command
By Steve Hall
February 9, 2012 - When the leadership of Air Force
Materiel Command changes later this year, the command
will be led by a familiar face who will make Air Force
history when she takes the reins of AFMC.
Monday, President Barack Obama nominated Lt. Gen. Janet
C. Wolfenbarger to the rank of general, and as the next
commander of AFMC. She will succeed Gen. Donald J.
Hoffman whose retirement was also announced. A change of
command date has not yet been announced. If confirmed by
the Senate, General Wolfenbarger will become the Air
Force's first female four-star general and will return
to familiar surroundings at AFMC.
"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," General Wolfenbarger said.
Before taking over her current position as the military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon, General Wolfenbarger served as vice commander of AFMC from December 2009 to September 2011.
the announcement on behalf of Secretary of Defense Leon E.
Panetta, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, "The
secretary strongly supports the president's nomination, and he
believes that General Wolfenbarger is an outstanding Air Force
officer. The fact that she would be the first woman to wear a
fourth star in the Air Force, if confirmed, is a testament to
her skills, experience and dedication."
Beavercreek, Ohio, native is a 1980 Air Force Academy graduate
and member of the first class with female cadets at the Academy.
She holds master's degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in national
resource strategy from the National Defense University.
Wolfenbarger began her career in acquisitions as an engineer at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. She has held a variety of assignments
at headquarters Electronic Security Command and Air Force
Systems Command, one of the predecessor commands to AFMC.
The general has
held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; 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.
ASC's C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing and was the service's
director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence at the
Pentagon, then served as director of the headquarters AFMC Intelligence
and Requirements Directorate, 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.
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