Brigadier General Wilma Vaught
(1930 - )
Brig.Gen. Vaught (a fellow Michigander) is the first female to reach the rank of Brigadier General in her field in the US Air Force. She served in the Air Force from 1957 until retiring in 1985. Following an illustrious career, Brig Gen Vaught was the leader for the Women in Military Service to American (WIMSA, which I'm a part of) and pushed to have a memorial built at Arlington National Cemetery so the contributions of women in all services don't go unnoticed.
In 2000, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and in 2010, inducted into the Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame.