Air Force Academy Get First Female Superintendent

1981 Air Force Academy graduate Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson is taking over as the Academy

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson becomes a three star general Monday. (Credit: Air Force Academy)

The Air Force Academy superintendent is handing over the reins Monday as he prepares to retire.

Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould is retiring after 37 years in the Air Force.

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson took over as superintendent following a change of command ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at 9:30 a.m. near the Class Wall of the Terrazzo.

In becoming superintendent, Johnson is returning to the place where she began her accomplished military career, having graduated from the Academy in 1981. In the years since, she served as an Air Force aide to presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as the director of personnel for Air Mobility Command and as the director of Air Force Public Affairs. She last served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Casteau, Belgium.

Among her many achievements, Johnson was the Academy's first female cadet wing commander and the first female Rhodes Scholar. She will now be the Academy's first female superintendent, and the second for all military academies.

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