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General (Ret) Ann Dunwoody Visits Houston

The first woman to reach the rank of Four Star General visited Houston, and made an appearance at The Tasting Room for the Combined Arms Women's Group event.

On January 7, 2019, Combined Arms and Cheniere Energy sponsored an event at The Tasting Room Uptown, in Houston.

General Dunwoody was in charge of all Army logistics. Her education came from the Florida Institute of Technology and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During her career, Dunwoody managed the largest global logistics command in Army history (69,000 military and civilians, located in all 50 states and more than 140 countries). Along with that she managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts and "managed and operationalized the Army's global supply chain for numerous engagements."

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno claimed that Dunwoody was "quite simply the best logistician the Army has ever had."

She came from a family of veterans

“I grew up in the Army and came from a family who, since 1862, has defended our nation. My great grandfather, my grandfather, my father, my brother, my sister, my niece, and my husband are all veterans of this country’s wars. My father is a veteran of three wars and is one of the 25 million veterans living today who served the nation with such incredible courage.”

Among her notable firsts, she became the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992. She became Fort Bragg's first female general officer in 2000. She became the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, in 2004. And in 2005, Dunwoody became the first female soldier to achieve three-star rank since LTG Claudia J. Kennedy, the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, who retired in 2000.

She was the first to four.

On November 14, 2008, Dunwoody became the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star General. Her promotion ceremony was held at the Pentagon, with introductory speeches by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey.

She lead the way to end sexual harassment and assault in the military.

“As a military professional, I knew that the most important element is trust- the vision had to be built on trust. The very basis for why soldiers fight the way they do is the trust they have in their teammates, their fellow soldiers. It's usually less dramatic off the battlefield but still equally important. Without trust in each other and trust in the institution, you will not be able to realize your vision.”

Dunwoody, along with George W. Casey Jr. were very avid in pushing for a decrease in sexual assault within the U.S. Army. Dunwoody believes that the U.S. Army should set an example for the rest of the world and that they have a long way to go in order to significantly decrease sexual assault, but they are making progress.

Get Inspired

This event is part of a larger movement! Come be a part of it! If you are a woman who served in this Nation's military, we invite you to come out and join the Women's Group at Combined Arms. We look forward to seeing you there!

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