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Georgia Guard promotes first woman general
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Maria L. Britt set a record when she was named the Georgia Army National Guard’s first female battalion commander in 1999 and she will set another one when, wearing the star of a brigadier general,  she takes over next month as the Guard’s commander.
Britt is the Guard’s first woman general officer and will be its first female  commander.
Britt is a West Point graduate who served in military police and CID positions when she entered the Army in 1983. She joined the Georgia Guard in 1991 as an intelligence officer.
Britt was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to be the top commander of the state National Guard’s,10,500 members. “Her talents have helped the Georgia Guard position itself as a leader among the other states,” Perdue said. “She led the charge to turn around the Guard’s recruiting and retention, and now Georgia is a model for other states. I’m proud to have her on my team in Georgia.”
“We have a greater depth of leadership in the Georgia National Guard than any other organization that I know of,” said Lt. Gen. David B. Poythress, Georgia’s outgoing adjutant general. “And Maria Britt is a great example of that leadership.”
Britt holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and master’s degrees from the U.S. Army War College and the Joint Military College in strategic intelligence and strategic studies.
Britt has received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Britt, whose maiden name is Corsini, is a native of New York where she graduated from Gloversville High School in 1979.
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