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 Processing Command, North Chicago, Illinois, where she served from June 1982, until her retirement in August, 1985.

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 National Cemetery.

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 great leader.

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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