Alabama Air National Guard gets first female general

Alabama Air National Guard gets first female general

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman is making history as the first female brigadier general in the Alabama Air National Guard.

Col. Tara McKennie was promoted Saturday to brigadier general in the Alabama National Guard. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey participated in the promotion ceremony.

McKennie will be the first female brigadier general in the Alabama Air National Guard, the governor’s office said. She also will be the first African American female general officer in both the Alabama Army and Air National Guard.

“Congratulations Brigadier General Tara McKennie on your promotion!” Ivey tweeted.” You have truly made history being both the first female and first African American General Officer for the Alabama National Guard. Thank you for your service to sweet home Alabama.”