Fort Knox, Ky. — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Hope Rampy assumed responsibilities as the 62nd Adjutant General of the Army during an investiture ceremony hosted here by Maj. Gen. Joseph Calloway, commanding general, U.S. Army Human Resources Command.Rampy succeeds Brig. Gen. Robert Bennett, who retires after more than 30 years of military service.As the fifth female officer named Adjutant General of the Army, she also serves as executive director of Military Postal Service Agency and commanding general of U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency.A 1996 graduate of Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, Rampy has served in a variety of command and staff officer assignments as a member of the Adjutant General Corps throughout her career, most recently as executive officer to the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G1 (Personnel) in Washington, D.C.In 2008, she served in Iraq with 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; in 2012, she commanded the division’s 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, in Afghanistan.“The opportunity to serve as the Adjutant General of the Army is the pinnacle job for an AG officer,” she said. “It’s an awesome responsibility, and I’m looking forward to working with an incredible group of professional Soldiers and civilians, some of whom I have known for most of my career.”The Adjutant General of the Army is the chief administrative officer of the U.S. Army. As such, the TAG is responsible for the procedures affecting the preservation of all Army personnel records, military awards and decorations, casualty operations, and transition services.The Military Postal Service Agency provides Department of Defense personnel, their family members and other authorized users mail services around the world.The Physical Disability Agency determines a Soldier's physical fitness for continued military service when their career is interrupted by a physical disability. If found unfit, the PDA determines the level and type of compensation, and takes action to separate or retire the Soldier.Previous female general officers to serve as Adjutant General of the Army were Brig. Gen Mildred Hedberg (1985-1986); Brig. Gen. Patricia Hickerson (1991-1994); Brig. Gen. Kathryn Frost (1998-2002) and Brig. Gen. Gina Farissee (2002-2004).Rampy’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, she earned a Master of Business Administration from Touro University and attended the U.S. Army War College as a fellow at the University of Texas.