United States Army Retired
General Cadoria’s exemplary military career as a leader, manager, teacher, counselor, administrator, and law enforcement officer led her to many milestones. She was the first woman to command a male battalion; the first woman to command a criminal investigation brigade; the first woman to serve as Chief of the Physical Security Division, US Army Europe and 7th Army; the first woman to serve as Chief of Military Police Corps, and the first black woman to serve as a Director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-1, Director of Manpower and Personnel). She was the first black woman to attend, in residence, the Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army War College and the National Defense University Institute of Higher Defense Studies. Her myriad of firsts did not stop her from continued greatness in her retirement from the military. She started her own company and became and international speaker, served on numerous community, state and national boards. And, in 1997, she again set a new standard as a volunteer principal for a parochial school and served for three years. Her retirement has included service on numerous boards as well including CLECO Corporation, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Louisiana Trooper Foundation, Louisiana State Police, State of Louisiana Veterans Affairs Commission, Women’s Research and Education Institute, Military Advisory Committee, and Bishop’s Guild, Diocese of Alexandria.
In over 40 years of experience and public service delivery she has received more than 500 awards, citations, commendations, and tributes for her contributions and efficacy in facilitating professional empowerment, problem resolution and organizational growth. General Cardoria’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, and member of Louisiana Veterans Hall of Honor. Some of her Civilian recognition and achievements have included: Louisiana Legend Award, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Women of Strength & Courage Award, YWCA Spirit of Giving Award, Avoyellan of the Year, NAACP Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award, International Black Woman of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni-Southern University & A.&M. College.
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