First woman tapped for dean at West Point academy

Cadets from the US Military Academy at West Point march during the Veterans Day Parade in New York on November 11, 2014

Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has nominated a woman to become the United States Military Academy’s first female dean in its 216-year history.

He named Cindy Jebb, a graduate of the prestigious institution — also known as West Point — who currently heads its Social Sciences department, the school said in a statement Friday.

The nomination requires confirmation by the Senate.

“This is a historic time for our military and I’m excited for West Point to have its first woman has to hold this position,” said Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy.

If approved, Jebb will be promoted to brigadier general.

“She’s revered amongst the faculty and cadets and we’re lucky to have her,” said West Point’s superintendent, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen.

In January, another woman, Brigadier General Diana Holland, became the first female commandant of West Point’s Corps of Cadets.

Women play an increasingly important role in the US military, making up around 15 percent of personnel.

The Pentagon last year opened all combat positions to women, including elite special operations units.

In March, Obama nominated Air Force General Lori Robinson to be the first woman to head a major US combatant command as head of the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), responsible for the defense of the US “homeland.”


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