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Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager. Courtesy photo.

Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager will assume command of the California National Guard’s storied 40th Infantry Division during a ceremony at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California, June 29 at 11 a.m. With the assumption of command,

Yeager becomes the first woman in history to lead a U.S. Army Infantry Division.

Yeager will take command from Maj. Gen. Mark Malanka who is retiring.

Yeager began her active-duty military service in May 1986 receiving her commission as a second lieutenant from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at California State University Long Beach. She completed military helicopter training in 1989, and upon completion served as UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter aeromedical evacuation pilot. She left active duty after eight years when her son was born, but later continued her military career in the California Army National Guard.

In 2011, she deployed to Iraq as the deputy commander of the Cal Guard’s 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. No stranger to leadership roles, Yeager served as battalion commander of the 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, and brigade commander of the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. She is currently the Commander of Joint Task Force North, US Northern Command at Ft Bliss Texas.

The 40th Infantry Division was formed in 1917. Its Soldiers have fought in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. More recently, 40th ID Soldiers have deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and numerous other locations around the globe. In March, the Division headquarters returned to U.S. soil after successfully completing a train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Jonathan M. Shiroma at 916-854-3391

This article was released by the Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos.