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Colorado National Guard to promote its first female brigadier general 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Army Capt. Michael Odgers
(720) 785-3860

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/16/10) – Col. Dana M. Capozzella, commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, will be promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado in Centennial, Colo. 

Capozzella is the first female commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, and the first female to attain this rank in the history of the Colorado Army and Air National Guard.

“This is a historic day for Colorado,” said the Adjutant General of Colorado, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards. “We celebrate Brig. Gen. Capozzella’s accomplishments not as a woman, but as a leader of Soldiers. With her wealth of experience, we have a bright future.”

Less than 1 percent of Army National Guard officers ever attain the rank of brigadier general.

Until 1972, only the medical profession was open to women who wanted to serve in the U.S. Army. Since that time, all but combat arms positions have been opened to women.  

In celebration of this historic occasion, the Colorado National Guard will be firing two rounds from a cannon between the hours of approximately 2-3:30 p.m. We ask the public not to be alarmed by the noise, as it is part of the ceremony. Officials in Centennial and Arapahoe County been notified of this event. 

The Colorado Army National Guard consists of almost 4,000 men and women, Citizen-Soldiers from every corner and community of our state, serving the people of Colorado.

For nearly 150 years, the men and women of the Colorado National Guard have served the nation in wartime and are the first military responders during state emergencies. CONG Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.

Note to editors: Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado is located at 6848 S. Revere Pkwy. in Centennial, Colo. Media interesting in attending this ceremony should confirm with Capt. Michael Odgers at (720) 785-3860 and arrive at JFHQ-CO no later than 2:40 p.m.


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