Today in Black History: September 1, 1979 “First African American Women General in U.S. History”

On September 1, 1979, Hazel W. Johnson- Brown became the first African American women General in U.S. history. Johnson was 52 years old and she was appointed as Brigadier General Chief of the U.S. military. Hazel Johnson also became the first black chief of the Army Nurse Corps. She later became a nursing professor at George Mason University in Virginia, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland. During her service in the military, Johnson has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

 

To learn more about Hazel W. Johnson-Brown, click here

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