Major General Maria Barrett and Brigadier General Paula Lodi are the first two sisters who have achieved the rank of general in the 244-year history of the US Army.
Both the 53-year-old Barrett and the 51-year-old Lodi reached the historic milestone in their own separate fields.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told USA Today that Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi represent the best America has to offer, and this comes as no surprise to those who have known them and loved them throughout their extraordinary journey.
He added that this is a proud moment for their families and for the Army.
The two sisters say that they never had the intention of achieving the role of general officers, but both of them expressed pride in being awarded the accolade.
Barrett said that she doesn’t think either one of them believed that this is where they would be in 30 years while playing soccer together in high school, and she doesn’t think either one of them would have believed that this is how the story would end.
The US Army only began allowing women to serve among its ranks in 1901, when the Army Nursing Corps was first founded.
Now, 16% of the military’s 1.3 million active members are women.
The achievement of the sisters has been praised as a profound milestone for women in the military.
Melissa Dalton, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former Defense Department official said that women increasingly normalizing women in leadership positions matters for both men and women, and the fact that it comes from the same family is truly an incredible accomplishment.