Aside from rank insignia, the only difference between the USAF Flight Cap worn by female Generals and their enlisted counterparts is the color of the braid on the overlapping edge: the General’s version of the cap features silver cord-edge, while the enlisted version uses a dark blue braid. (Female Generals have the option of wearing the male version of the Flight Cap, but it differs only in design, not in material.) Because of their widespread adoption not only in the U.S. military but also in fighting forces around the world, Flight Caps are often called by generic names such as Garrison Caps, Field Caps, or Overseas Caps, as well as some rather coarse nicknames that definitely fall within the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) category.

The United States Air Force was not the first branch of the our nation’s Armed Forces in which a woman was appointed a General Officer: that distinction belongs to the Army, which saw Anna Mae Hays promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on 11 June 1970. But it was just over a year later that the Air Force held a ceremony to promote Jeanne M. Holm to the same one-star rank—and in June 1973 Holm became the first woman in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States to serve in the grade of Major General (O-8).

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