Brigadier Gen. Stayce Harris is the first African-American woman aviator in the Air Force to be ranked as a brigadier general.
She's also the first black woman to have commanded an Air Force flying organization.
As the guest of honor at the General Services Administration's Diversity Training Day at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, she encouraged people to continue to push for our goals, even if they seem impossible.
"Understand that you're blessed, and just do the best job that you can to achieve your goals. Then you will. And it may not necessarily be the exact goal that you've been planning on, but at least that perseverance will get you through those rough times and you'll be successful," Harris said.
9NEWS reporter TaRhonda Thomas served as the mistress of ceremonies.
This year's program was in honor of African-American women who have made significant achievements.
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