Air Force Academy to get 1st female superintendent - Major General Michelle Johnson

DENVER - The Air Force Academy is getting its first female superintendent.

Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson formally takes the academy's top job Monday. She replaces Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, who is retiring.

Johnson has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general, the customary rank for academy superintendent.

She's a 1981 graduate of the academy, where she was the school's first female cadet wing commander and first female Rhodes scholar.

She is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flight hours in large cargo planes and refueling tankers.

Johnson is the second woman appointed to command a service academy, after Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz became superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in 2011.

Johnson is the first woman to be superintendent at any of the three best-known academies, Army, Navy and Air Force.

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