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Colorado National Guard to promote its first female brigadier general

October 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, News

Col. Dana M. Capozzella, commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, will be promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado in Centennial, Colo.

Capozzella is the first female commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, and the first female to attain this rank in the history of the Colorado Army and Air National Guard. “This is a historic day for Colorado,” said the Adjutant General of Colorado, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards. “We celebrate Brig. Gen. Capozzella’s accomplishments not as a woman, but as a leader of Soldiers. With her wealth of experience, we have a bright future.”

Less than 1 percent of Army National Guard officers ever attain the rank of brigadier general.

Until 1972, only the medical profession was open to women who wanted to serve in the U.S. Army. Since that time, all but combat arms positions have been opened to women.

The Colorado Army National Guard consists of almost 4,000 men and women, Citizen-Soldiers from every corner and community of our state, serving the people of Colorado.”


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