Profiles of Bravery

Major General Anderson

Maj. Gen Marcia M. Anderson

First African American female major general

General Lloyd J. Austin III

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III

First African American Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

General Brooks

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks

First African American West Point cadet brigade commander

Sergeant Carney

Sgt. William Carney

First African American Congressional medal of Honor Recipient

Benjamin Davis

Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.

First African American general officer in the Active-Duty Army

Henry Flipper

2nd Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper

First African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy

Command Sergeant Major Hollis

Command Sgt. Maj. Evelyn Hollis

First African American female command sergeant major of a combat arms unit

Command Sergeant Major Jones

Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones

First African American female command sergeant major of the Army Reserve

Command Sergeant Major King

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King

First female commandant of the Drill Sergeant School

Brigadier General Monconduit

Brig. Gen. Owen Monconduit

First African American general officer in Louisiana National Guard

Colin Powell

Gen. Colin L. Powell

First African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mary Ragland

Mary Ragland

Member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

Roscoe Robinson

Gen. Roscoe Robinson, Jr.

First African American four-star general

General Ward

Gen. William E. (Kip) Ward

First commander of U.S. Army Africa Command (AFRICOM)

Cathay Williams

Cathay Williams

First African American female to enlist in the Army