Wake County

Highest-ranking female NC National Guard officer promoted again

Brig. Gen. Beth Austin will extend her record as the highest-ranking female officer in the history of the N.C. National Guard during a ceremony on Friday.

Austin, who lives in Willow Springs, will be promoted to major general after more than 36 years in the National Guard. Currently a brigadier general, she is the only woman to ever become a general in the N.C. National Guard.

With the promotion she also will become the assistant deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army National Guard’s Army Material Command.

In 2008, Austin took command of the 113th Sustainment Brigade based in Greensboro and more recently coordinated logistics for the U.S. Army Central Command. Austin has two combat deployments to Iraq, in 1990 and 2004.

Austin is married to Mike Austin, who retired as a colonel from the N.C. Army National Guard. They have three children, including a daughter who is an Army captain and military police officer.