Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson (AP)
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The first woman to lead the Air Force Academy says competence and confidence helped her overcome sexual harassment and gender resistance during her career.
Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said in an interview Tuesday she isn't surprised that 32 years passed between her graduation from the academy and her appointment as its first female superintendent.
She says it takes years to reach the rank the job requires.
Johnson became superintendent on Aug. 12 amid pressure on the military to prevent sexual assaults.
She brushed aside questions about whether the military as a whole is improving. She says the academy is making progress, citing an increase in the number of victims willing to provide information to investigators.
Johnson's previous assignments include piloting jet-powered transports and serving as an aide to the president.