Kathryn Frost

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Kathryn Carlson-Frost
Born(1948-11-07)November 7, 1948
Latta, South Carolina
DiedAugust 18, 2006(2006-08-18) (aged 57)
Latta, South Carolina
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1974–2005
RankMajor General
Commands heldArmy and Air Force Exchange Service
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Major General Kathryn George Frost (November 7, 1948 – August 18, 2006) was the commander of the United States Army and Air Force Exchange Service from August 2002 to April 2005. At the time of her retirement, she was the highest-ranking woman in the United States Army.[1][2] She was also the wife of former United States Representative Martin Frost of Texas.

Early life and education[edit]

Frost held a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wayne State University.

Military career[edit]

Frost's military career covered thirty-one years and included a four-year assignment as the Adjutant General of the United States Army, with concurrent assignment as the Commanding General, Physical Disability Agency, and Executive Director, Military Postal Service Agency, and as the Commander, Eastern Sector, United States Military Entrance Processing Command. She served on the staff of then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell during the 1991 Gulf War and as a White House aide under the first Bush and Reagan administrations.

Following her retirement from the army, she was offered the position of executive director of the American Association of University Women, an offer she was forced to decline for health reasons. Frost died on August 18, 2006, from breast cancer.

Personal life[edit]

Shortly before assuming the post at AAFES, Frost was diagnosed with breast cancer. She publicly stated that her military training gave her an advantage in dealing with cancer.


  1. ^ Holley, Joe (August 20, 2006). "Kathryn Frost; Was Highest-Ranking Woman in Army". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Maj. Gen. Kathryn G. Frost, 57, of the Army, Dies". The New York Times. August 19, 2006. Retrieved April 21, 2014.

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