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Franklin natives are first sisters to become U.S. Army generals

Major General Maria Barrett (left) and Brigadier General Paula Lodi are the first sisters to become generals in U.S. Army history.
Major General Maria Barrett (left) and Brigadier General Paula Lodi are the first sisters to become generals in U.S. Army history. –Pete Marovich for The Boston Globe

ARLINGTON, Va. — The two sisters played high school soccer together in Franklin, Mass., shared a respectful ability to speak their minds to adults, and gleaned an abiding sense of public service from their parents.

At the beginning of their military careers, they never intended to make the journey they have taken. But here they were at the Pentagon, more than three decades after leaving Franklin High School, sitting side by side in medal-bedecked, dress-blue uniforms as the first sisters to become US Army generals.

It’s a long way from the soccer field and suburban dinner table, but Major General Maria Barrett and Brigadier General Paula Lodi said the lessons they learned growing up helped them reach this unprecedented position.

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