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Carol M. Pottenger

First female full-time support officer to be selected for Admiral

Vice Admiral, US Navy

Carol is the first female Admiral to command a major combat organization, lead a combatant force and to hold position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability and Development at the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.  In May 2007, she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences Honoris Causa from Purdue University. Her personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (6 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards).

See more of her many firsts at the following links:

  • Official Navy Bio:


  • New Westminster College Bio


  • Stars and Stripes Article


  • US Department of Defense Interview





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