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Sisters make history as first pair to both reach general rank

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett presenting Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi a beret with one-star rank insignia as a tribute to the history of women serving in the Army and the historic moment of sisters serving together as General Officers. Courtesy ABC.
Posted at 4:20 PM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 17:22:03-04

Two sisters who grew up right outside of Boston have made military history as the first pair of sisters to both reach the rank of general in the U.S. Army.

ABC News reports that Army officials say this is the first time in 244 years that a pair of sisters has reached the rank together.

Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi was promoted on July 12 to the one-star rank of brigadier general, joining her older sister, Maj. Gen. Maria Lodi Barrett, who is a two-star general.

The sisters "represent the best America has to offer," says Ryan D. McCarthy, Acting Secretary of the Army.

"I can only imagine the pride their family must feel having two distinguished leaders inspiring countless individuals to achieve their full potential based on their own merit. This is a proud moment for their families and for the Army," he added.

To celebrate the historic moment, Barrett presented her sister with her one-star rank insignia "as a tribute to the history of women serving in the Army."

Read more about the sisters in ABC News' story here.