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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 280-97
May 30, 1997

U.S. ARMY RESERVE TO PROMOTE FIRST FEMALE OFFICER OF THE LINE TO BRIGADIER GENERAL

B. Sue Dueitt, an Army Reservist, will become the first woman "officer of the line" promoted to brigadier general in the Army reserve components in a ceremony at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, June 2, 1997 in the Pentagon Briefing Room, Room 2E781.

Previously, women in the Army Reserve have achieved general officer rank only in medical fields.

Born on Nov. 13, 1945, Dueitt received a direct commission on Sept. 30, 1977. She has almost 20 years of commissioned service.

Currently Dueitt serves in an individual mobilization augmentee position as deputy chief of public affairs for headquarters, Department of the Army. Previous assignments have included a variety of command and staff positions in the Army Reserve including assistant division commander, 80th Division (Institutional Training), Richmond, Va.; Commandant, 2070th U.S. Army Reserve Forces School, Ft. Belvoir, Va.; instructor, Command and General Staff College, 2071st U.S. Army Reserve Forces School, Owings Mills, Md.; public affairs officer, 97th Army Reserve Command, Ft. Meade, Md.; and public affairs chief, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, Riverdale, Md.

Her civilian education includes a bachelor of science degree in English and Business from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master of science in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Administration from the University of Alabama. Dueitt's military education includes the Brigadier Generals Training Conference, the Senior Reserve Component Officer Course, the Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, the Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, and the Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course.

Dueitt's awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass device, and the Army Service Ribbon.

In civilian life, Dueitt is a private invester.

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