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born 1953

Ann Dunwoody grew up an army brat. But, the aspiring phys ed teacher only signed on for a two-year stint in the Reserves because she wanted to jump out of airplanes. Some 37 years later, the adventurous Ann retired as the commanding general of one of the Army's biggest commands. A sharp logistician known for her caring but exacting approach to leadership, Ann rose through the ranks to become America's first female four-star general.

Today, the much decorated officer continues to serve the nation + world by sharing the lessons she learned from her historic career. We can all take a cue from the leader who oversaw 69,000 employees + a $60 billion global supply chain!

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her quotes

all quotes by Ann Dunwoody (11)

"Now that I'm retired, I have a lot more time to be a better sister, a better grandma, and a better friend."

Retirement Ceremony for Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody | august 2012

"Over the last 38 years, I have had the opportunity to witness women soldiers jump out of airplanes, hike 10 miles, lead men and women, even under the toughest circumstances."

Retirement Ceremony for Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody | august 2012

"Today, women are in combat, that is just a reality. Thousands of women have been decorated for valor…and have given their lives. Today, what was once a band of brothers has truly become a band of brothers and sisters."

Retirement Ceremony for Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody | august 2012

"If you don’t think you’re the best at what you do then no one else will either."

General Ann Dunwoody - Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command | march 2013

"Don’t confuse believing in yourself with blustery overconfidence or conceit."

General Ann Dunwoody - Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command | march 2013

"My coach taught me not to confuse enthusiasm with capability."

General Ann Dunwoody - Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command | march 2013

"Somewhere along the line, I realized that soldiering and the army was my true passion."

General Ann Dunwoody - Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command | march 2013

"A high-performing organization is one that does routine things in an outstanding manner."

General Ann Dunwoody - Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command | march 2013

"Leaders and leadership make the difference."

General Ann Dunwoody - Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command | march 2013

"Never walk by a mistake."

A Higher Standard | april 2015

"A hero is an everyday, ordinary person who has done something extraordinary. Honor them, praise them, and hope you will stand for what you believe in during a time of need."

A Higher Standard | april 2015
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