Kathryn Frost

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Kathryn George Carlson-Frost
Major General Kathryn Frost and Vic Snyder.jpg
Major General Kathryn Frost and Rep. Vic Snyder in 2005
BornNovember 7, 1948
Latta, South Carolina
DiedAugust 18, 2006
Latta, South Carolina
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1974 - 2005
RankMajor General
Commands heldUSMEPCOM East

Major General (retired) Kathryn G. 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.

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.

Frost's military career covered thirty-one years and included a four-year assignment as the Adjutant General of the U.S. 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. Kathryn Frost died on August 18, 2006 from breast cancer.

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.


  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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