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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For the first time in its history, the Air Force Academy will be led by a woman.

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson assumed command of the academy Monday morning during a ceremony near the Class Wall of the Terrazzo.

Johnson is a graduate of the academy and still holds the title of second all-time time leading scorer for the woman’s basketball team.

She is a Rhodes Scholar and worked her way up through the chain of command while logging 3,600 hours at the controls of tanker aircraft and transport planes.

Johnson is the first woman to be superintendent at any of the three best-known academies, Army, Navy and Air Force.