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Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught

Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught

Left to right: ISS President Scott Shearer, Gen. Wilma Vaught, Gov. George Ryan.

Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, USAF -- Women in US Military Memorial

A native of Illinois, Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, USAF, Retired, was the Air Force's first female general. She is also the first Air Force woman graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During her distinctive military career, General Vaught held various positions in the comptroller field at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; Zaragoza AFB, Spain; McCoy AFB, Orlando, Florida; Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Saigon, Vietnam; Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Daytona, Ohio; the Air Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, DC; and she was Deputy Chief of Staff, Comptroller, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Maryland. From 1983 to 1985, General Vaught served as Chairperson of the NATO women in the Allied Forces Committee and was the senior woman military representative to the Defense Department. Her last military assignment was as Commander, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command, North Chicago, Illinois, where she served from June 1982, until her retirement in August, 1985. Her numerous military decorations and awards include both the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal with four stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. General Vaught currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.