• Sisters Make History After They Both Attain Rank Of General In U.S. Army
  • For the first time in the US Army’s history, two sisters have attained the rank of general, proving that no feat is impossible.

    Maj. Gen. Maria Lodi Barrett and her younger sister Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are the first sisters in the 244 years of the Army to both achieve general rank.

    The feat happened July 12, when Lodi was promoted to brigadier general.

    Barrett is a two-star general and the commanding general of NETCOM. Lodi is the deputy chief of staff for operations at the Office of the Surgeon General.

    Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy said the sisters "represent the best America has to offer."

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    "I can only imagine the pride their family must feel having two distinguished leaders inspiring countless individuals to achieve their full potential based on their own merit," he said. "This is a proud moment for their families and for the Army."

    In July, Barrett presented Lodi with her one-star rank insignia as a tribute to the history of women serving in the Army.

    Women were first officially accepted into the army in 1901 when the Army Nursing Corps was created. However, the U.S. Army Women's Museum said some women unofficially served as early as the Revolutionary War.

    Barrett graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and consequently went on to be commissioned through the Army ROTC program as a Second Lieutenant in 1988.

    Lodi is a distinguished honor graduate of the Naval War College and has master’s degrees in public administration, military arts and science, and national security and strategic studies.

    Together, they grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts, where they played on the same football team in high school.

    According to an army spokesperson, Lodi also has two daughters who are in the army – could they be the second pair of sisters to follow in their mother’s footsteps?

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