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Kennedy Nominated Army's First Female Lieutenant General

By Gerry J. Gilmore
National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, March 27, 1997 – A former cryptologic staff officer has "broken the code" on three-star rank for female Army generals.

President Clinton has nominated Maj. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, 49, to become a lieutenant general, the Army's first female officer chosen to wear three stars.

Once confirmed, Kennedy will join Navy Vice Adm. Patricia Tracey and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Carol A Mutter as the military's only three-star female officers. Tracey, chief of Naval education and training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., was promoted last July. Mutter, the Marine Corps' deputy chief of staff for manpower and reserve affairs, received her third star last September.

Kennedy, a 29-year veteran, was assigned as the assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence in July 1995. She became acting chief in February. Upon Senate confirmation of her promotion, Kennedy will become the Army's intelligence chief.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageArmy Maj. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, Army acting deputy chief of staff for intelligence, is nominated to become the first woman in the Army and the third in the U.S. military to earn three-star rank.  
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