Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger was confirmed by the Senate and promoted immediately to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment to the position of Air Force Materiel Command vice commander. (U.S. Air Force photo)
12/4/2009 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- The Senate confirmed Dec. 4 Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger and promoted her immediately to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment to the position of Air Force Materiel Command vice commander. General Wolfenbarger was previously the director of intelligence and requirements at Headquarters AFMC here.
As vice commander of AFMC, she will be responsible for providing acquisition management and logistics support for a variety of Air Force aircraft and weapon systems. The command conducts research, development, test and evaluation of warfighter technology.
General Wolfenbarger is the Air Force's highest ranking woman, and the second AFMC vice commander in a row to have that distinction.
The general's previous assignments include special assistant for command transformation to the commander. She also held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, served as the F-22 Lead Program Element Monitor at the Pentagon, and was the B-2 System Program Director for Aeronautical Systems Center from April 2000 through December 2002.
She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering sciences.
In 1985, she earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also earned a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University at Ft. Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.
12/9/2009 12:41:46 PM ET Sharp officer, excellent academic education, zero leadership experiences, no overseas tours, and now second in charge of USAF logistics to support warfighter and development programs. AMAZING, and a prime example of AFMC shortcomings from a warfighter end-user perspective.
12/7/2009 11:07:30 AM ET Most active duty personnel assigned to the acquisition career fields normally don't deploy much if at all. It's common to see officers from within AFMC promoted without these tours.
TM, St Louis MO
12/6/2009 2:28:52 PM ET Given the nature of the General's career field, overseas assignments and deployments are extremely rare. It is not uncommon in AFMC for senior leaders to lack such experience but I do not feel that it makes them unqualified to lead.
CC, WPAFB OH
12/5/2009 4:18:42 PM ET No one is debating that the General has a world class mind... Not sure how you get to be a 3-Star general despite the fact that you have no overseas tours, deployments or operational assignments. Is this the healthy thing for the Air Force and AFMC?