US Army Women’s Foundation Honors Edna Cummings — App State Alumna and Military Trailblazer

Retired Col. Edna W. Cummings ’78 — the first African American female ROTC graduate from Appalachian State University — was inducted into the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame on March 11.

Cummings, who was honored for her “exceptional contributions to women in the Army,” has been instrumental in obtaining long overdue recognition of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion — the world’s first all-black female battalion that was sent from the U.S. to serve in parts of Europe during World War II.

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