Women as Leaders in the U.S. Military: An Interview with Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter

July 12, 2011

Rear Adm. Wendi Carpenter congratulates Lt. j.g. Carolyn Bloomfield for earning her carrier qualifications during the Women in Aviation Conference.

Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter has been something of a pioneer in the U.S. Navy. She was among the first women in the Navy to become a pilot. Then, she became the first Navy pilot to be promoted to admiral. Carpenter will soon retire from her job as the Commander of the Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Va.

Now, as Carpenter looks back at her career, she says she hasn’t just been a role model for women. Carpenter says she and other high-ranking female military officers have been role models for many young people in the military, women and men alike.

In this episode of our podcast, we talk to Carpenter about women in the military, her ground-breaking career and the challenges of pumping breast milk on the job.

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