2016 Veterans Day One on One just wrapped up with so many great opportunities to share conversations that might be missed!
This year we are proud to have Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, USAF (retired) as our keynote speaker.
Brigadier General Vaught is one of the most highly decorated women in U.S. history.
A native of Illinois, she earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
She joined the Air Force in 1957 right after the Korean War, ten years after President Harry Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948. A pioneer for women in the military and a Vietnam veteran, General Vaught was the first woman to deploy with an Air Force bomber wing and she became the first woman in the comptroller career field to reach the rank of brigadier general in 1980. She served as Chairperson of the NATO Women in the Allied Forces Committee and was the senior woman military representative to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services from 1982 to 1985. Her last military assignment was Commander of the US Military Entrance Processing Command, North Chicago, Illinois.
She retired from military service in 1985 and became the driving force to build and operate the Women in Military Service For America Memorial, which stands at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetary. After 29 years leading the Women’s Memorial Foundation, General Vaught stepped down as president on January 1, 2016.
Her many achievements include both the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.