Posted by: annemartinfletcher | February 8, 2012

80’s Lady is the Air Force’s First 4-Star!

Think of a Four Star General. What comes to your mind? A person who can inspire? Check. Somebody brilliant? Check. A problem-solver? Check. Athletic? Check. An efficiency expert?  Check. A person who cares about the people working for them? Check.

A humble person–wait, we are talking about the highest rank in the whole Air Force, right? What about the nicest person you would ever want to sit down to picnic with? Are we still discussing the traits of a full General?

We are now! My classmate Lt. General Janet C. (Libby) Wolfenbarger was nominated on 7 February 2012 by the President to the Senate for the position of Commander of the Air Force Material Command (AFMC) and the rank of General (that is four stars). After starting her career in the first class of women at the United States Air Force Academy, she will now become the first woman four star general in the Air Force.

As Commander of AFMC, Janet–er, I mean General Wolfenbarger–will be responsible for the research, development, test and evaluation, acquisition management services (buying and paying for weapons systems), and logistics support for all the weapons systems in the Air Force. You know, things like unmanned drones, star wars missiles, F-22s, and cell phones. That is a lot of responsibility and a lot of people as well as machinery.

You can read about all of Janet’s accomplishments at her official Air Force biography.

But you can only read about what a terrific, bright, fun, caring, kind person she is, and see a photo from her cadet past as a rugby player, here. As anyone who watches rugby knows, a nice person can still be a scrapper who will get the mission accomplished. Congratulations, General Wolfenbarger! We from the Class of 1980 are all very proud of you!

Janet Libby, upper right, I think.


  1. Congratulations to General Wolfenbarger! I recognize the face and remember seeing her around campus (she hasn’t changed). I doubt she was ever in one of my C or D section classes. With all that our country is going thru with trillion dollar debts and the massive military budget cuts that are sure to come, AFMC will be of incredible importance to the Air Force.

    This song comes to mind…

    No, you can’t always get what you want
    You can’t always get what you want
    You can’t always get what you want
    And if you try sometime you find
    You get what you need…

    Good luck to Janet and I’m proud to have stepped on the same marble strips that she did.

    John Scholtz

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  3. Wolfenbarger was not “qualified” to be AFMC CC and the USAF knows it! If she were not a “women” and Obama wasn’t making a statement at the establishments expense she would be much lower in rank and might be a Program Manager if that. Obama is pushing LGBT and women who haven’t paid dues as leaders…we will all pay for that in future conflicts due to this policy.

    • Dear K. Simpson,
      After reviewing General Wolfenbarger’s resume, in what way do you believe she is “not qualified?” The only specific you mentioned is her gender. Sigh. I’m so tired of that argument.

      I did click on your profile to see if you might have experience working with her, but wordpress warned me that your profile links to a “phishing” site, so I will not risk finding out more about you. Your profile alone makes your comment suspicious.

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