First female 4-star general heads AFMC

Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 12:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

The Miami Valley's largest employer has a new boss, and she made history when she took over leadership of the Air Force Materiel Command on Tuesday.

Lt Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, a graduate of Beavercreek High School, took over as commander of Air Force Materiel Command, the largest unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In doing so, Wolfenbarger became the first female four-star general in the Air Force. 

Two standing ovations for Wolfenbarger interrupted today's ceremonies at the national museum of the United States Air Force. The chief of staff of the Air Force was in town to promote her barrier breaking achievement ... and to assign her to commander of the 20,000-strong AFMC unit at the base.

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Wolfenbarger acknowledge the history made and talked about her experience with AFMC and her local connections, growing up and working in the area.

 Wolfenbarger, 53, said in previous interviews her high school years in Beavercreek and her 18 years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base gave her a strong foundation for advancement.

Wolfenbarger succeeds the retiring Gen. Donald Hoffman. The nine-base command oversees Air Force acquisition, logistics, research and development, including support and sustainment of major aircraft and weapons programs.