General Janet C. Wolfenbarger
1958 - Present
General Janet C. Wolfenbarger is the first woman to attain the rank of four-star general in the US. Air Force. She was a member of the first class of female cadets to graduate in 1980 from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A 1976 graduate of Beavercreek High School, the campus was renamed for her in 2013. Wolfenbarger spent many of her active-duty years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, culminating her military career as commander of Air Force Materiel Command. Her honors and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, an honorary doctorate from Wright State University, 2014 James Doolittle Award for Security Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and induction into the Women of Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame.
In retirement, Wolfenbarger leads a full life both personally and professionally. She serves on several boards, including as the Chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.