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Air Force Materiel Command head announces retirement

Air Force Materiel Commander Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski will retire from her post in September, the Air Force announced.

Pawlikowski previously led the Air Force Research Laboratory and commanded the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

“Her service at Materiel Command has been inspirational for all who have worked under and with her, and her exemplary performance in her role has increased the importance of that Command” while paving “the way for strong future female leadership in our armed services,” House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

Pawlikowski is the Air Force’s third female four-star general and oversaw Materiel Command’s $60 billion budget. The Air Force has not yet named a successor.

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Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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