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First Female ANG Deputy Director: ‘There Isn’t a Ceiling’

By Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory

Maj. Gen. Dawne L. Deskins recently became the first woman and non-pilot to become the deputy director of the Air National Guard. She formally stepped into ANG’s number two spot in July. Though her priority has always been doing the best possible job and being recognized for that effort—rather than the boxes she might happen to check off in the process—she told Air Force Magazine that, with age, she’s come to understand why her personal role in increasing female representation among ANG ranks matters so much. Giving women “a point … to be able to aspire to” is a responsibility she takes “quite seriously,” she said.