1st Woman To Command U.S. Army Infantry Division
BRIG. GEN. LAURA YEAGER TO BECOME FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD AN ARMY INFANTRY DIVISION AFTER COMMANDING THE SAME BRIGADE HER FATHER ONCE DID
(CNN) – One woman is making military history.
Brigadier General Laura Yeager is becoming the first woman to lead an Infantry Division in the Army.
She has served since 1986 and flew Black Hawk helicopter missions in Iraq.
Yeager also comes from a military family and commanded the same aviation brigade her father once did.
Before receiving the promotion, Yeager told the Defense Department news service she has been supported by both male and female peers, subordinates and superiors.
She is takes leadership of the California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division June 29th.
Yeager’s military honors include the legion of merit, bronze star and meritorious service medal.