A First: Sisters Make General

| September 7, 2019

An article at Newser.com reports that Maria Barrett and Paula Lodi are the first-ever sisters in a military branch to both achieve the rank of general.

Siblings are always trying to pull rank on each other, but these sisters have taken it to a whole new level. Meet Maria Barrett and Paula Lodi, who’ve both attained the title of general in the US Army—an achievement the Army believes is the first of its kind in the military branch’s nearly 250-year history. Lodi, 51, was promoted on July 12 to the one-star rank of brigadier general; her 53-year-old sister was already a two-star major general, ABC News reports. “Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi represent the best America has to offer,” said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, per USA Today.


The paper notes that even though there’ve been father-and-son and husband-and-wife general teams, sisters is a first. Women overall make up just 69 of the Army’s 417 current roster of generals and admirals. The women’s father, Ruston, himself served during World War II and received a Silver Star.

Although this is a first, I’m sure it won’t be a last.  Kudos to both of these soldiers.

Category: Army, Army News, Media, Military issues

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  1. IDC SARC says:

    woooo…three way!

  2. AW1Ed says:

    “Women overall make up just 69 of the Army’s 417 current roster of generals and admirals.”

    The Army has Admirals- who knew?

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    Somehow I just knew SARC would hit them both!

  4. Skippy says:

    Congratulations !!!!!!!

  5. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    Bet that is one proud father if he is still with us. Sierra-hotel.

  6. Generaly speaking, I wish both good luck on their promotions.