First African American Woman Brigadier General Speaks In Springfield

August 18, 2016 – News Channel 20

On Thursday, members of the Illinois National Guard had the opportunity to listen to Brigadier General Julia Cleckley. She’s the first African American woman to ever be promoted to brigadier general in the National Guard… (view here).

Beyond the Lens: Saluting America’s Military – The Brigadier General

May 28, 2016 – Fox5DC

Women are a growing force in our nation’s military. The Department of Veterans Affairs projects that women will make up 15 percent of the total veteran population in the next 20 years. Brigadier General Julia Cleckley paved the way for women in uniform. FOX 5’s Bob Barnard and Photojournalist Indira Levine traveled to her Virginia home to unlock her story…. (view here).

Fox 61 Hartford,CT Interview – First female African-American General in the Army National Guard visits Windsor church

February 27, 2016 – Fox61 TV

Black History Month may be coming to an end, but a local community is making sure it is celebrated every day of every month, through a powerful message. In order to celebrate, The Hopewell Baptist Church wanted to honor a special group of people: the military. To do so, they brought in an esteemed African-American woman who is inspiring others through her accomplishments…. (view here).

Obesity weighs down nation’s potential recruits, impacts military readiness

September 25, 2014 – Belvoir Eagle

Detailing efforts to combat an issue impacting military readiness and some 9 million young adults across the nation, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said recently…. (continue reading).

Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote and More

August 26, 2014 – Army National Guard

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26, 2014 in observance of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave women the right to vote… (continue reading).

‘A Promise Fulfilled’… Aliquippa native’s memoir now available

January 15, 2014 – New Pittsburgh Courier

A long awaited memoir chronicling the life of an Aliquippa native is finally available.  Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Julia Jeter Cleckley was the first nationally promoted African-American female general officer… (continue reading).

Final Salute Provides Shelter for Homeless Women Veterans

November 21, 2012 – AFRO

For female veterans looking for a warm, safe place for them and their children to get back on their feet, there is a new alternative to the streets or grim, sometimes menacing homeless shelters… (continue reading).

One woman’s journey from Spec-5 to flag officer

March 2012 – Soldiers

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, where I adopted my mother’s strong work ethic and family values. I wanted to go to college when I completed high school and enlisted in the… (continue reading).

Brig. Gen. Julia Cleckley speaks for Women’s History Month

March 17, 2004 – Ft. Meade SoundOff

Brig. Gen. Julia Cleckley paid tribute to American women in the military and in all walks of life during her keynote speech for National Women’s History Month March 11… (continue reading).

Hard work pays off for Brig. Gen. Julia Cleckley

July 9, 2003 – Fairfax Times

When walking through the halls of the Pentagon, the Springfield resident is often greeted by well-wishers looking to shake her hand. She’s had others approach her in various airports around the country…. (continue reading).

Cleckley: Need Special Time to Celebrate Who We Are

February 5, 2003 – DoD News

February is African- American History Month, but the tributes and testimonies actually begin about two weeks earlier, around Jan. 15, the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr… (continue reading).

Army Guard Promotes 1st Black Woman to Flag Rank

September 13, 2002 – DoD News

Brig. Gen. Julia Jeter Cleckley vowed to make it possible for others to follow in her footsteps after becoming the first African-American woman to be promoted from full colonel to flag officer in the… (continue reading).

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