Michelle Johnson is Air Force Academy's first female superintendent

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Academy has its first female superintendent.

Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson formally took over the academy's top job Monday with pomp and circumstance but little fuss about the milestone. She's the first woman to be superintendent at any of the three best-known academies, Army, Navy and Air Force.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports that much of the ceremony was focused on the man Johnson is replacing, retiring Lt. Gen. Michael Gould.

Johnson says her appointment is an example of the nation's willingness to give everyone a chance, but she said she's not going to dwell on its significance.

She's a 1981 graduate of the academy, where she was the first female cadet wing commander and first female Rhodes scholar.