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Veterans Day parade grand marshal named

The Veterans Appreciation Week Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee recently announced confirmation of retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught as the grand marshal and keynote speaker for the seventh annual Veterans Day Parade and memorial service on Nov. 11.

Vaught is president of the board of directors of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation Inc. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the Teller. A noted leadership and management expert, she is a sought-after guest speaker throughout the United States and is a frequent radio and television guest.

A native of Illinois, she earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, a master of business administration degree at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and an honorary doctorate of public affairs from Columbia College, S.C.

She was the first female Air Force graduate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.

During her distinguished Air Force career, Vaught had many first-time achievements. She was the first woman to deploy with a Strategic Air Command bombardment wing on an operational deployment, the first and only woman selected for promotion to brigadier general in the comptroller field and the first woman to command a unit receiving the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the nation's highest peacetime unit award.

One of the most decorated military women in U.S. history, her numerous military awards include both the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service medals, Air Force Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

_ Veteran's Appreciation Week Ad Hoc Committee.