Major General, USAF (Retired)
Major General (Retired) Mary J. Kight was commissioned into the United States Air Force in February 1974. She began her career when only a small percentage of Air Force Officers were female and even smaller percentage of military officers were female. Her career included several firsts leading her to many interesting and challenging assignments which continued when she joined the National Guard. In February 2010, General Kight was appointed to command the California National Guard as the 45th Adjutant General. She became the first female Adjutant General of California’s National Guard and the first African-American woman to hold such a post across the Nation. General Kight received several major awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal. She retired in the fall of 2011 after giving her country thirty-seven years of military service. Her service and support continues within the community and throughout involving but not limited to organizations such as the Air Force Association, Project Hired Wounded Warrior, California State Military Museum, Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA, The Women’s Memorial), Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated George S. “Spanky” Roberts Chapter and American Red Cross.