Brigadier General Laura Yeager, you might not have heard her name, but you definitely should have.
Yeager, now in her mid-fifties, has become the first woman to command a United States Army Infantry Division since 1917, having assumed command of the California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division last year.
Unsurprisingly, this incredible woman’s story has thereafter been used to inspire several generations. She’s proof that nothing is impossible if you’re willing to work hard enough.
Yeager told the Defense Department‘s news service: “I have enjoyed my career so much that it is hard for me to believe that I have been serving for 30 years, but I have, and being promoted will allow me to continue to serve in this great profession.”
The brigadier general’s new role gives her authority over more than 10,000 active-duty and reserve component forces deployed during domestic emergencies. Yeager took over from Major General Mark Malanka after his retirement, CNN say.
As per ABC News, Yeager hails from a family of military personnel. Her father is a retired major general who served two tours as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam during his 40 years of service.
“My father has been a tremendous role model to me,” Yeager explained, “and as an officer I have benefited immensely from his mentorship.”
“He always had high expectations for me,” Yeager continued, “but I was given a lot of independence to pursue my own path.”
Yeager has made history and there can be no doubting she thoroughly deserves her position. We want to thank her for her continued service and wish her well with all her future endeavors.
Thank you, Brigadier General Laura Yeager, for everything you have done.
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