January 16

January 16, 1943 – General Marcelite Jordan Harris

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Major General Marcelite J. Harris, USAF (Retired)

Marcelite Jordan Harris, the United States Air Force first African American female general was born on January 16, 1943  in Houston, Texas.  General Harris received her B.A. degree from Spelman College in 1964.  She began her distinguished military career in 1965 when she was commissioned through Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.  She also has a   B.S. from the University of Maryland University College. Harris is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.  General Harris also was the first female maintenance officers, one of two of the first female officers in a commanding position at the Air Force Academy , and the first female Director of Maintenance for the Air Force.  She served in the Vietnam war and has been honored with many awards including the Bronze Star, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.