Northglenn native Laura J Richardson has been appointed to lead the largest command in the Army.

The U.S. Army command at Fort Bragg, N.C. has 776,000 soldiers and an additional 96,000 civilians and General Richardson will oversee the training and deployment of this force.

General Richardson is the first woman to be appointed to this command, and she is definitely up to the task. She has blazed new trails throughout her Army career, becoming the first woman to serve as an Army division deputy commander for the 1st Calvary division at Fort Hood as well as being appointed deputy commander of the unit she now commands.

The appointment is not permanent, however, as General Richardson will be performing her duties until a permanent replacement can be found. As Deputy Commander and now Commander of this unit, she will be responsible for performing the duties of both positions.

General Richardson is one impressive person. She received her pilot's license at the age of 16 and has also served as the military liaison for former Vice President Al Gore.

As a strong leader, she has few peers and will do well in her new post.

We wish her well.

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