Tara McKennie Becomes First Female General in Alabama Air National Guard

Governor Kay Ivey spoke at and participated in the Promotion Ceremony for Brigadier General Tara D. McKennie, Saturday June, 5, 2021 in Montgomery, Ala. (Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager)

Tara McKennie on Saturday was promoted to brigadier general in the Alabama Air National Guard. McKennie is both the first woman to be a general in the Alabama Air National Guard and the first Black woman to be a general officer in either component of the Alabama National Guard.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey attended the ceremony on Saturday and praised McKennie on Twitter: “Congratulations Brigadier General Tara McKennie on your promotion! You have truly made history being both the first female and first African American General Officer for the Alabama National Guard. Thank you for your service to sweet home Alabama. Flag of United States #[email protected]

The Alabama National Guard shared on social media: “Our congratulations to Brig. Gen. Tara McKennie, the Alabama National Guard’s newest general officer pinned this morning at the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, home of the #RedTails. Brig. Gen. McKennie is the first female general officer in the Alabama Air National Guard and the first Black female general officer in either component of the Alabama National Guard.”

Ivey and McKennie’s daughter pinned the new rank insignia on McKinnie.

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SOURCE: Alabama Political Reporter, Brandon Moseley

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