Biden names 2 women generals to lead US military
Published: 10:43 AM, 9 March 2021 Updated: 01:56 PM, 9 March 2021
United States President Joe Biden has named General Jacqueline Van Ovost (left) and General Laura Richardson (right) to lead US military commands; Photo: Collected
United States President Joe Biden has named two women generals to lead US military commands.
The two women generals are – General Jacqueline Van Ovost of the US Air Force and General Laura Richardson.
Joe Biden made the announcement on Monday, making the two generals will be only the second and third women to hold such senior military positions in the United States, reports AFP.
US Air Force General Jacqueline Van Ovost – the only woman who reached the four-star general rank, the highest position in the military, was nominated to head Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).
Laura Richardson, a three-star army general, was nominated to lead Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) which covers Central and Latin America. She will also receive the four-star general rank.
After their appointment confirmed by US Senate, Van Ovost and Richardson will follow Lori Robinson, the first woman to helm a military command. She led Northern Command (NORTHCOM) before retiring in 2018.
“Each of these women have led careers demonstrating incomparable skill, integrity and duty to country,” Biden said while nominating the two generals during a short speech at the White House.
The US military has 11 commands, all led by four-star generals.
The New York Times reported last month that the Pentagon had decided on Van Ovost and Richardson’s nominations as early as last year.