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Wolfenbarger Hands Over Command At Wright-Patt

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski assumes command of AFMC.

The Air Force's first female four-star general at Ohio's largest military base is being replaced by another female commander.

The Dayton Daily News reports Air Force Material Command Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger's retirement ceremony on Monday was to feature a transition in which Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski would be given a fourth star to replace her.

Pawlikowski will be the third female four-star general in the service branch's history.

An AFMC spokeswoman says the transition marks the first time a female four-star general is replaced by another female four-star general at a major command in the Air Force. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, the highest ranking general in the service branch, was expected to preside over the event.