By PEO C3T Public AffairsMarch 12, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - PEO C3T Public Affairs Maj. Gen. N. Lee S. Price, the Army's
program executive officer for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, was promoted from the rank of brigadier general March 2.
She is the first female in her specialty branch to become a general as well as the first female program executive officer.
PEO C3T is the organization that delivers the tactical communications network to the battlefield.
In any circumstance or region, from the garrison to the command post, PEO C3T is the builder, integrator and provider of the premier networked mission command solutions that make the Army a force of decisive action. PEO C3T delivers the network to Soldiers, so they have the information technology tools they need to successfully execute any mission. With a workforce of more than 1,800 personnel, PEO C3T has an annual budget of $4 billion.
"Each unit that enters Afghanistan has been touched by PEO C3T," Price said. "We provide the radios, network, collaborative decision-making tools and even power systems that enable Soldiers to defeat their adversaries."
Price began her more than 36 year career with the United States Army, when she enlisted in the Alabama National Guard in 1975, as a private first class.
"Women were not allowed in the service academies until 1976 and the Reserved Officer's Training Corps was not an option," Price said. "Fort Benning (Ga.) did not have women in their
Officer Candidate School, but I had been told that the Alabama Military Academy had begun accepting women. I attended in the third class to allow women and remained in the Guard for
six years, before entering active duty in 1981.
"It's been an amazing ride and I feel so fortunate to have had such a rich life of service to our nation and our Soldiers," Price added.
Price is thrilled to have paved the path for others to follow. She is also the first of the AMA graduates to achieve the general officer's rank while serving on active duty.
Price has two Master's of Science degrees; one in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona and one in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
Price's distinguished career has earned her numerous individual and unit awards. When asked if any carry more meaning than others, she commented that they reflect the work of the superior teams she's been fortunate to be a part of.
She also said the Distinguished Superior Service Medal she received in the service of the Special Operations Command is at the top of that list, followed by the Bronze Star Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.
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