UNL’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs will honor women in the armed services in a 10 a.m. March 18 lecture in the Nebraska Union Auditorium.
The talk, “Women Serving in the Armed Forces,” will be delivered by Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, U.S. Air Force (Ret). Vaught is president of the board of directors for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation.
Under Vaught’s direction, the nonprofit foundation built and operates the $22.5 million memorial, which is the only major memorial to pay tribute to the more than 2.5 million women who have served in the United States’ armed forces since the American Revolution.
A native of Illinois, Vaught earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Affairs from Columbia College, S.C.
Her military career spanned 28 years, with a variety of assignments both in the United States and overseas, including Vietnam and Spain. For many years, she was one of the nation’s most highly decorated military women, and the only woman for some 22 years to achieve general officer rank in the comptroller field.
She is the recipient of many national awards.