New leader: “Find meaning in adversity.”
Some good news for women in the military: Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson took command on Monday as the first woman to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy in the 59-year history of the Colorado school. “We can find meaning in adversity, and there are lessons from overcoming negative experiences and to grow stronger through them,” she said. Johnson, who graduated the academy in 1981, takes over for Lt. Gen. Mike Gould. Johnson was the academy’s first female cadet wing commander. She comes to command after serving as the deputy chief of staff of operations and intelligence at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Johnson is an Oxford University Rhodes Scholar graduate, earning her master’s degree in politics and economics.