CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first female brigadier general in West Virginia's history has officially been named.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a ceremony was held Saturday to promote Brig. Gen. Paige B. Hunter to the senior rank at the 130th Airlift Wing at the Mclaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston.

Hunter's father, retired Brig. Gen. Bob Parish, and her husband, retired Lt. Col. Rick Hunter, pinned the stars onto her uniform.

Col. Paige P. Hunter salutes Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer (not pictured) as she is promoted to brigadier general, the first woman to earn the title in the state's history, during a Feb. 6, 2016, ceremony held in her honor at the 130th Airlift Wing in Mclaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, W.Va.

Photo Credit: Sam Owens/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP

Hunter thanked her family and the people that she worked with for helping her along the way.

She began her military career in 1983 when she was sworn in as a second lieutenant. From there, she worked her way up, serving in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and eventually earning the rank of colonel and now brigadier general.

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