Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy
“These days, the sound you hear overhead in the Army and at the Pentagon isn't an airplane breaking the sound barrier, it's the sound of a glass ceiling being shattered. And the Army and the Pentagon are better because of it.” 1 – Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy – First Woman Lt. General of the US Army
Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy was the first woman promoted to the position of three-star general of the United States Army. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Southwestern at Memphis as well as completing the Women’s Army Corps Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, the Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program at National Security
Agency, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
Born in 1947 to an Army officer in Frankfurt, Germany, Kennedy grew up knowing that she wanted to serve her country. When she joined the Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1969 the Army was made up of less than one percent women and the jobs available to women were narrow. Her hard work and determination to “Be all you can be” has helped transform the Army which is now composed of nineteen percent women and all jobs are open to women except for infantry, armor, and artillery.
Lt. Gen. Kennedy served in numerous command and staff positions over the course of her illustrious career. She has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal.