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National Guard pins first female general officer

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Army National Guard made history by pinning its first female general officer, Brig. Gen. Cynthia K. Tinkham, during a pinning ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol Wednesday.

“In our organization they can look around and see a female role model in just about every career field, and they can see a female leader at every rank... so that’s huge,” Tinkham said. “This is a significant milestone. Not for me personally, but for our organization and those who will follow me.”

Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma, said in his 35-year career, he has seen how integral female service members are to the nation’s defense.

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