LaRita A. Aragon was born in Dale, Oklahoma and became the first woman to hold the rank of brigadier general in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and the first female commander of the Air National Guard. After a distinguished career, Gen. Aragon retired and returned to her first career, in education where she serves as Director of Advanced Programs at the University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education. Of Choctaw descent, er spirit exemplifies her service to her family and her country. Aragon serves on a number of boards and has been recognized many times for her contributions to her community, state and nation. She was named The Journal Record Oklahoma Woman of the Year in 2008.