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Alabama National Guard's first female general to retire

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After more than 32 years as an Army officer in the Alabama National Guard, Maj. Gen. Sheryl E. Gordon will retire Friday.

Gordon's latest assignment was the assistant adjutant general, a primary advisor to the Alabama Guard's top officer.

Gordon made history in 2002 when she became the Alabama National Guard's first female general officer. She was promoted to major general in 2011.

Prior to her time as assistant adjutant general, Gordon retired from a long career in education as the assistant principal of Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City.

Throughout her military career, Gordon held several key staff positions and commanded at various levels of command, always earning accolades for her professionalism and leadership. During her years of service, Gordon has been decorated with many awards including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters and various state awards.

"Maj. Gen. Gordon has excelled as an officer in the United States Army," said Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, the Alabama National Guard's adjutant general. "She is the first female general officer in the Alabama National Guard and is one of only two female major generals in all of the 358,000 Soldiers in the Army National Guard. Her real mark on the National Guard will be the impact she has had on young soldiers throughout her career with her exceptional leadership and mentorship. She will be greatly missed and we all wish her the best in her retirement."

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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