By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The first woman to become a general in South Carolina's Army National Guard is retiring after three decades in uniform, a time of enormous change for women in the military.
Brig. Gen. Darlene Goff says women in the armed forces are advancing - even into combat roles - because they believe in themselves and their ability to do those jobs.
The one-star general says she was lucky to have mentors who encouraged her to become an officer and move ahead with her career.
Goff's job title is director of the Guard's Joint Staff. In that role, she's in charge of the Army and Air National Guard's in-state operations when they are called by the governor to respond to natural or man-made disasters.