CHARLESTON, S.C.—The term “trailblazer” is commonplace these days. But it is completely applicable to Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the first woman in US Army history to become a three-star general.

Lt. Gen. Kennedy spoke to Womble Carlyle’s clients, attorneys and staff in honor of Women’s History Month. Her presentation was sponsored by the Women of Womble, led by attorney Cathy Hinger. Attorney Randy Baringer, an Army veteran himself, facilitated Lt. Gen. Kennedy’s visit. He served as an Army intelligence analyst in Korea with Lt. Gen. Kennedy, who was then a Captain, in 1976-77.

Lt. Gen. Kennedy’s military career spanned 32 years. The daughter of an Army officer, she enlisted during the Vietnam War. At the time of her retirement in 2000, she served as the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, overseeing policy and resources affecting 45,000 soldiers worldwide. She received numerous military awards and decorations for her service, including the Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal honors.

During her March 30th discussion, Lt. Gen. Kennedy shared stories from ground-breaking career and challenges she faced breaking barriers in the military. Her presentation took place live in Womble Carlyle’s Charleston office and was broadcast throughout the firm.


Womble Carlyle Chair and CEO Betty Temple (left) welcomes Lt. Gen. Kennedy.

L-R: Betty Temple, Lt. Gen. Kennedy, Randal Baringer and Ellen Gregg.

Members of the Board of the Charleston Women in International Trade at the General Kennedy event. L-R: Helen Michael, Ashley Kutz Kelley, Pam Everitt, Jacky Sassard.