New Appointments Made From the White House

President Obama announced this month his plan to nominate former Brigadier General Allison A. Hickey as the Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs. General Hickey served in the Air Force for 27 years and retired in 2007. She was among the first class of women admitted at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a pioneering female pilot. In June of 1976, General Hickey, along with 156 other women, entered the U.S. Air Force Academy as its first class of female cadets. During her first few years at the academy many individuals are said to have left a lasting impression on her and shaped the officer she would later become. He career was defined by her ability to overcome challenges and break down the barriers she constantly confronted throughout her long career; challenges that were especially potent given the historical dominance that men have had as pilots. Rather than blame men for the challenges she faced, however, General Hickey is quick to disagree with the idea that men were predominantly responsible for the hardships women endured during their first years. She has always maintained an upbeat attitude and a remarkable capacity to make deliberate choices and muster the courage to stand by them. She reached the rank of Brigadier General on November 3, 2004 and, since retirement form the Air Force, has served as an executive in Accenture’s Human Capital Management.

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