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Four-Star General Jane

The Army promoted Ann Dunwoody today to four-star general, making her the highest-ranking woman to ever serve her country. Dunwoody’s duties as commander of the Army Materiel Command are rather maternal—she will be in charge of equipping, dressing, and arming all soldiers—and indicate there is still some shattering to be done of the military’s glass ceiling. Women are still not allowed to serve on units that engage in direct combat, but Dunwoody, who has served for 33 years, says, "This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career — that the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform." There are currently 21 female generals in the Army.