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General Dana H. Born, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard, is a retired brigadier general with 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, she served two terms as the President-appointed Dean of the Faculty for the U.S. Air Force Academy and was the first woman to hold that position. Born also served as Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, aide to the Secretary of the Air Force, and Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. She commanded the 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., was an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, and served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Born has organized and spoken at events that address gender equality and leadership. “Her success in dealing with various obstacles has provided valuable lessons to people of all genders and generations.” She has received a large number of awards, including an honorary doctorate from Simmons College in 2007, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Born earned a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.S. from Trinity University, M.A. from the University of Melbourne, and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.
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