Libyan Air Campaign Being Run by Female General

By Garance Franke-Ruta

One more data point to add to all the Lady Hawks meme talk, from Thomas Ricks in Foreign Policy:

This is the general overseeing the American part of the air campaign in Libya. Air Force Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, commander of the 17th Air Force, based in Germany, seems to be an expert in refueling and mobility, which is probably why she was picked for Africa Command, whose planners likely expected the command mainly to be doing humanitarian relief missions. Instead she is overseeing airstrikes by B-2 bombers, F-15E fighter/bombers, and F-16 CJ jammers.

To my knowledge, this is the first time a woman has ever overseen an air campaign.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/03/libyan-air-campaign-being-run-by-female-general/72904/