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TWU's Saunders joins Defense Logistics Agency Hall of Fame


DENTON— Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Mary Saunders, executive director of the Texas Woman’s University Leadership Institute, was inducted into the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Hall of Fame in a special ceremony Thursday, July 31 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The DLA Hall of Fame recognizes and honors former members of the DLA community who have made significant and enduring contributions to the agency. The DLA provides the military branches and other federal agencies with logistics, acquisition and technical services.

Maj. Gen. Saunders was one of five new members inducted during the ceremony, which took place in the DLA’s Andrew T. McNamara Headquarters Complex.

“It truly is an honor to be recognized for service to one’s country,” Maj. Gen. Saunders said. She noted that she could not have achieved the honor on her own, crediting her success at the DLA to those with whom she worked, who believed in her vision and helped her achieve results.

Maj. Gen. Saunders earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at TWU before entering Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base. She rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the first female general officer selected as the director of transportation for the Air Force. As director, she was responsible for a $3.5 billion budget, a fleet of 115,000 vehicles and training of 32,000 military and civilian personnel. She also served as the first female vice director for the DLA.

Maj. Gen. Saunders received more than a dozen military awards and decorations during her 34-year military career. Following her retirement from military life in 2005, she returned to her alma mater as executive director of the TWU Leadership Institute, which provides seminars, workshops and experiential leadership opportunities for students who intend to master their leadership skills in preparation for professional leadership development.

Maj. Gen. Saunders is a TWU Distinguished Alumna and a TWU Woman of Distinction. She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Karen Garcia
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