Major General Rita Aragon to speak at Northwestern March 30 for Heritage Celebration Series as part of Women's History Month

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Major General Rita Aragon to speak at Northwestern March 30 for Heritage Celebration Series as part of Women's History Month

March 21, 2016

Major General Rita Aragon

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will play host to the Heritage Celebration Series celebrating Women’s History Month with special guest speaker Major General Rita Aragon at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

The lecture will be broadcast via ITV to all Northwestern campuses: Alva Education Center room 209, Woodward room 114, Enid room 221, and Ponca City room 114.

The Wonder Women of today break barriers of all kinds, but who are the Wonder Women or is there a special category for some women? What does it take to become a Wonder Woman? Aragon will explore all of these questions during her lecture topic titled “Who are the Real Wonder Women of Today?”

Aragon is the first female Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. She is the liaison to the Governor for all Oklahoma military and veterans’ issues. She participates and facilitates the Oklahoma Military Strategic Planning Group that helps ensure the stability and growth of the communities and facilities of the five military installations in the state. Aragon is tasked to develop programs that support the current military and veterans individually and in total.

In the past, Aragon served as the first female commander of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, the first female to command a state’s Air National Guard and the first female of Native American Ancestry to become a general officer.

Currently, she serves on the Boards of Integris Health Edmond, Pros for Vets, Folds of Honor Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, Women and Gender Studies for the University of Oklahoma, and Star Base. She is the Senior Military Advisory for the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism and has served on the American Red Cross and Girl Scouts, Juliette Lowe Scholarship Society. Her community involvement spans participation in YWCA Purple Sash, Edmond Fine Arts, Go Red For Women for American Heart Association, the White House Commission on Military Leadership Diversity and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Military Task Force.

The General’s awards include Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two devices, Air Force Commendation, Army Commendation, Global War on Terrorism, Humanitarian Service Medal, and others. Aragon has been recognized as Oklahoma’s Woman of the Year by Journal Record, Oklahoma Woman Veteran of the Year, Leadership Fellow Oklahoma Christian University, Leadership Resident University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond Hall of Fame, Valley Forge Freedom Award, Diversity Journal’s 100 Women in America to Watch.

Questions should be directed to Tiffany George, student services secretary, at (580) 327-8414 or