Maj. Gen. Nadja West confirmed as 44th Army Surgeon General

Posted in Articles, Media Archive, United States, Women on 2016-02-15 14:47Z by Steven

Maj. Gen. Nadja West confirmed as 44th Army Surgeon General The Official Homepage of the United States Army

Maria Tolleson, Media Relations Officer

Maj. Gen. Nadja West is sworn in as 44th Surgeon General of the Army by Acting Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning. West is also Commander of the US Army Medical Command.

OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL Falls Church, Va. (Dec. 11, 2015) — The Senate confirmed Thursday Maj. Gen. Nadja West to serve as the new Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM).

With the appointment as the 44th Surgeon General, West picks up a third star to become the Army’s first black female to hold the rank of lieutenant general.

She most recently served as the Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon. West’s appointment as Army Surgeon General is effective immediately…

…With this appointment she becomes the first black Army Surgeon General and the highest ranking female to have graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point

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Obama has vastly changed the face of the federal bureaucracy

Posted in Articles, Barack Obama, Gay & Lesbian, Media Archive, Politics/Public Policy, United States on 2015-10-05 18:47Z by Steven

Obama has vastly changed the face of the federal bureaucracy

The Washington Post

Juliet Eilperin, White House Bureau Chief

Friday afternoon announcements in Washington are usually aimed at attracting as little attention as possible, but last Friday was different. President Obama’s decision to nominate Eric Fanning — an openly gay man — to head a branch of the military which only four years ago did not allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, was both historic and attention-grabbing.

And it underscored an often-overlooked feature of the Obama presidency: Obama has presided over the most demographically diverse administration in history, according to a new analysis of his top appointments. The majority of top policy appointments within the executive branch are held by women and minorities for the first time in history.

The transformation partly reflects a broader trend in U.S. society, but it also reflects the results of a calculated strategy by the nation’s first African American president. The shifts are significant enough, experts say, that they may have forever transformed the face of government…

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