Alabama Air National Guard names first female general

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Governor Kay Ivey participating in the pinning ceremony for Brigadier General Tara McKennie, the first African American woman to achieve the rank of General Officer in the Alabama Air National Guard. (Governor Kay Ivey | Twitter)

For the first time in state history, a woman has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general with the Alabama Air National Guard.

On Saturday, June 5, Tara McKennie made history as the first woman and first African American General Officer for the Alabama National Guard.

Governor Kay Ivey participated in the ceremony and tweeted her congratulations to McKennie afterwards.

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