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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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Comments

  1. karen markoe says:

    We are looking forward to working with Admiral Carpenter in her new role as President Carpenter of SUNY Maritime College.

    Karen Markoe, Chair, Humanities
    SUNY Maritime College

  2. karen markoe says:

    We are looking forward to working with Admiral Carpenter in her new role as President Carpenter of SUNY Maritime College.

    Karen Markoe, chair, Humanities Department,
    SUNY Maritime College

  3. Lasheena Burton says:

    I believe ppl should be thout of a human beings and not just extorted

  4. Eva Corredor, Ph.D. says:

    I feel humbled but also so privileged and proud to be able to introduce Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter to the Rotary Club of New York this coming Monday, January 30, 2012. I taught at the USNA for 17 years as Professor of French and German and am aware of the enormous accomplishments of this top woman in the Navy who will now be president of SUNY Maritime College. She is a most impressive role model to young women and men. Congratulations and all best wishes!

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