Retired Maj. Gen. LaRita Aragon, the first woman to achieve one-star rank and serve as a commander in the Oklahoma Air National Guard was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame last week, reports The Norman Transcript. Commented Aragon, “I’m a country girl; I came from Dale, Okla., so this is a big deal.” Aragon received her second star in 2005 and served last as Air Guard assistant to the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel at the Pentagon, according to her Air Force biography. She is now director of Advanced Programs at University of Oklahoma Outreach.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.