Laura Yeager makes history as first woman to command Army infantry division
Brigadier General Laura Yeager, a former Black Hawk pilot who served in Iraq, will make history on June 29th when she becomes the first woman to command an Army infantry division.
According to the New York Post Yeager, who grew up in a military family, was commissioned a second lieutenant while serving in California State University’s ROTC program in 1986, ABC News reported.
Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager is making history, becoming the 1st female commander of a @USArmy Infantry Division. She takes command of @theCaGuard‘s 40th Infantry Division on June 29. Yeager flew Black Hawk helicopters in Iraq. Her dad is ret. CA Guard Maj. Gen. Robert Brandt (below). pic.twitter.com/ZqWDdl4sZt
— Elizabeth McLaughlin (@Elizabeth_McLau) June 6, 2019
When Yeager completed pilot training, she was assigned to a Black Hawk helicopter used for medical evacuations.
She left active duty after her son was born, but remained in the California Army National Guard. In 2011 she was deployed to Iraq.
Her most recent assignment was as commander of Joint Task Force North in Fort Bliss, Texas.
Her father, Ret. Maj. Gen. Robert Brandt, was also a helicopter pilot who served two tours during the Vietnam War and became a top commander in the California National Guard. He retired in 1999 after four decades of service.
Originally published as Woman makes military history