Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager set to become first woman to command a U.S. Army Infantry Division

Abbie Bennett
June 06, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager is set to become the first woman to command a U.S. Army Infantry Division in history. 

Yeager is scheduled to take command of the 40th Infantry Division, part of the California National Guard, on June 29, California Guard public affairs told Connecting Vets on Thursday. 

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Yeager's service began in 1986 after she received her commission through the ROTC program at California State University - Long Beach. 

Her first assignment was as a medical platoon leader with 423rd Medical Company at Fort Lewis, Wash., followed by Initial Entry Rotary Wing training school at Fort Rucker, Ala., aeromedical evacuation officer, “FLATIRON,” at Fort Rucker, assistant administrator at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and company commander, Medical Center Brigade, according to her Joint Task Force North biography. 

In 1992, Yeager was assigned as the aeromedical platoon leader for the 507th Medical Company at Fort Hood, Texas and two years later she became an instructor at the Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston.

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In 1995, Yeager transitioned to the Guard, where she served in California and Texas as an operations officer of Headquarters, 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment; equal opportunity advisor and S-1 of the 49th Aviation Brigade in Austin; commander, 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment and executive officer 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. 

She also served as deputy commanding officer for the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade during its deployment in support of Operation NEW DAWN from 2010-2011 and assumed command of the brigade in 2012 and was chief of staff of the California National Guard’s Joint Staff from 2013-2016 then becoming its director until 2017.

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Yeager holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from UC Irvine and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Chapman University College. She is also a graduate of the United States Army War College, where she earned a master's degree in strategic studies in 2011. Yeager and her husband Curtis have four sons. 

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