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Clinton Nominates Woman Marine for Third Star

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 2, 1996 – When Carol A. Mutter joined the U.S. Marine Corps nearly 29 years ago, there were no women generals among the few and the proud. By law, women couldn't be general officers.

Pending Senate confirmation, Maj. Gen. Mutter will be the first military woman to wear three stars. President Clinton recently nominated Mutter for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the Marine Corps deputy chief of staff for manpower and reserve affairs.

"There has been a long list of firsts as the doors have opened to women over the years," Mutter said during a Pentagon ceremony commemorating Womens History Month. "I look forward to the day when it wont be so unusual that it is considered major news."

During her address, Mutter quoted former Secretary of the Navy Sean OKeefe, "Gender is neither a qualification nor a disability." She said effective communication is key to taking full advantage of all the capabilities and perspectives brought to any organization by a diverse work force.

In celebrating womens history, she said, "I ask that we not celebrate the accomplishments of the fortunate few who have been able to get through their glass ceiling. Let us instead make a commitment to do everything we can to level the playing field and do what were supposedly famous for in this country, providing equal opportunity to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or gender. Women of quality looking for equality ask for nothing more."

Mutter is currently commander of the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va. Her career includes assignments as assistant chief of staff, comptroller, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan; deputy comptroller at Headquarters, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.; and command center crew commander/space director, U.S. Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colo. She served as the program manager for the development of new Marine Corps pay and personnel systems for active duty, retired and reserve Marines.

While serving as assistant chief of staff, comptroller, III Expeditionary Force on Okinawa, Mutter was promoted to brigadier general. She then became the deputy commanding general, Marine Corps Systems Command, at Quantico. Upon advancement to major general, she assumed her current command.

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