First Female Promoted to Commander of Air Force Reserve

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller stood confidently as she saluted her former boss in a historic changing of the guard at the Museum of Aviation in Robins Air Force Base on Friday.

Miller became the first woman to be promoted to Three-Star General and Chief/Commander of Air Force Reserve.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve 70,000 citizen airmen and it’s an amazing day,” Miller said. “It took a bout 35 years to get to this position so I’d say its right on time.”

A 35 year career that Miller used to fly over 4,800 hours in numerous types of aircraft.

Maj. Christine Van Weezendonk was inspired after the event.

“What it tells me as an Air Force Reserve member is that there are no limits, male or female, we have every opportunity that our sisters and brothers have now had before,” Weezendonk said. “Officers like General Miller have paved the way for male or female to achieve anything.”

Miller fills the position left by Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, who is retiring.

The new head of the Air Force reserve has a list of priorities, starting with daily preparation in the event of a terrorist attack.

Miller will oversee all of the U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world from her post in Washington, D.C.

“It’s inspiring, we’re enthusiastic. Gen. Miller brings a great bright enthusiasm to the Air Force Reserve,” Weezendonk said.

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