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News | Aug. 26, 2022

Women’s Equality Day: Female leaders blaze a trail in military medicine

By Elaine Sanchez

While countless groundbreaking women paved the way, an all-female leadership team is blazing new trails in modern military medicine.

As a first for military medicine here, there’s a female commanding general and deputy/vice commander at the helm of the 59th Medical Wing and Brooke Army Medical Center, as well as an all-female command team at the San Antonio Market.

“I hope seeing women in senior leadership positions, whether in the civilian or military world, demonstrates you can meet your professional and personal goals,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannine Ryder, San Antonio Market director, chief nurse of the Air Force, and the first female commander of two Air Force wings. “Our military institution continues to prove that if you obtain the education, experiences and expertise, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or background, there is opportunity to lead at the highest level.”

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