- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The Air Force’s first female four-star general at Ohio’s largest military base is being replaced by another female commander.

Air Force Material Command Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger’s retirement ceremony on Monday was to feature a transition in which Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski would be given a fourth star to replace her, the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1APMSmF ) reported.

Pawlikowski will become the third female four-star general in the service branch’s history and the second to hold the leadership role.

AFMC spokeswoman Susan Murphy said the transition marks the first time a female four-star general is replaced by another at a major command in the Air Force. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, the highest ranking general in the service branch, was scheduled to preside over the event.

AFMC, headquartered at Wright-Patterson, oversees the development and acquisition of virtually every Air Force weapon system, with about 80,000 civilian and military personnel around the world and more than 13,000 airmen and civilian employees at Wright-Patterson.

The 56-year-old outgoing general was part of the first class of female cadets to enter the Air Force Academy. She has spent most of her 35-year career at Wright-Patterson.

She told the Daily News last month that the Air Force has made “substantial progress” in attracting women into the ranks during her career as a military officer, but more work is needed.

“We’re not done,” Wolfenbarger told the newspaper. “Twenty percent is not representative of demographics of this country and so we continue to embrace programs that will allow us to attract and retain women for our United States Air Force.”

Pawlikowski was the first woman to become an officer through the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Air Force ROTC program in 1978. She takes her new role after serving as the military deputy of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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