Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught
United States Air Force, Retired
President of the Board of Directors
Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc.
During her military career, Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, USAF, who
retired in 1985, 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.
General Vaught served as Chairperson of the NATO women in the Allied
Forces Committee from
1983 to 1985 and was the senior woman military representative to the
Defense. Wilma Vaught
was the Air Force's first female general.
Her last military assignment was as Commander, U.S. Military Entrance
North Chicago, Illinois, where she served from June 1982, until her
retirement in August,
If that wasn't significant enough, General Vaught was the spearhead and
driving force to ensure
the building of the Women of the American Military Memorial.
This imposing structure honors all women of the United States military
from the American
Revolutionary War to the present. Behind the great walls, under
skylights, are an exhibition
hall and education center designed to teach visitors about the great
contributions of military
women. The magnificent pavilion is located at the entrance to Arlington
On October 16, 1997, the memorial was dedicated in honor of the
commitment, sacrifice and
dedication by women who served in the United States Armed Services. All
who were privileged to
attend the dedication will remember, with pride, the gala event and the
women of the American
military women to whom this glorious structure is dedicated.
Thank you, General Vaught, for your vision, determination and follow
through, the qualities of a
Women's International Center proudly honors Brigadier Wilma Vaught and
the Women of the
American Military Memorial Foundation with the 1998 Living Legacy
Patriot Award and the
1998 Living Legacy Organization Award. We are grateful and proud.
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