Texas Air National Guard promotes first female two-star general


A Wichita Falls woman who became the first one-star general in the Texas Air National Guard has another achievement—she is the first two-star general in that branch of the military.

Dawn Ferrell was promoted from Brig. Gen. to Maj. Gen. Friday in a ceremony at Camp Mabry in Austin. 

Ferrell became deputy Adjutant General for the Air National Guard in November 2015. She is now Adjutant General with the responsibility of planning and training of the 3,200 Air National Guard personnel in the state. It is her job to make sure all the troops and equipment are ready when the governor or president makes a call.

When she was promoted to brigadier general, Gov. Greg Abbott praised her service and dedication and said he was proud to see someone from his hometown achieve such success.

Ferrell earned her degrees from MSU and enlisted in 1983.

She was director of research and planning for Vernon College before joining the guard full time.

A very brief list of her awards and medals includes the legion of merit, meritorious service medals and an Afghanistan campaign medal.

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