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    Meet Amanda Azubuike: The Latest Nigerian To Become a General In The US Army

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    By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

    Of the 1.2m women and men of the US Army, only about 300 make it to the General Officer cadre, to which she has now been promoted. 

    Amanda is a proud Army officer whose dream of becoming a US Army general came true.

    Amanda Azubuike, a woman of Nigerian heritage, has been promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Brigadier General by the United States Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA.

    Azubuike was born in London to a Nigerian father and a Zimbabwean mother

    She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in December 1993.

    She joined the Army in 1994 and became an aviator after graduating from the Army Aviation Officer Basic Course.

    In 1995, Azubuike graduated from flight school as a UH-1 pilot. She began her military career at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia as a platoon leader with the 924th Aviation Support Battalion.

    She later became the Flight Operations Officer and Platoon Leader for Sinai’s Aviation Company, Multinational Force, and Observers. She joined the 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) in South Korea as an Operations Officer and RC-12 pilot after completing the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course and Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Qualification Course.

    On completing her assignment from South Korea, she was designated as the Commander of Alpha Company, Victory Brigade in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, as the Commander of Alpha Company, Victory Brigade. 

    She was later transferred to serve as the Public Affairs Operations Officer at the Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Kuwait.

    Following her promotion to Colonel, she was posted as the Public Relations Director of the Joint Force Headquarters/Military District of Washington at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., where she headed the joint public affairs team that supported the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

    Colonel Azubuike was the Chief of Media Relations and Public Affairs Operations Officer at the Headquarters of the United States Army Central Command in Fort McPherson, Georgia, after she graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College.

    She played a vital role in Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Amanda bagged her Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.

    She was assigned to the Community Outreach Division of the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon. Following her participation at the United States Army War College, she was appointed the Public Affairs Director of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, with the Division Headquarters.

    Colonel Azubuike became the Chief of Public Affairs for the United States Southern Command Headquarters in Doral, Florida. She later worked as the Chief of Staff and Senior Military Assistant to the Principal Deputy in the Pentagon’s Office of the Secretary of Defense.

    Amanda has earned the Army Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Parachutist Badge. 

    She is also a recipient of several awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.


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