Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson has been leading and setting new records since she joined the US Army in 1986. And now she has set a new record in the history of US Army Forces Command by being the first woman to lead the largest command in the Army, representing 776,000 soldiers and 96,000 civilians.
In 2012 Laura, was the first female deputy commanding general for the 1st Cavalry Division also known America’s First Team”
While in 2017, she was second in command to General Robert B. Abrams, when she was named the first female deputy commanding general of FORSCOM in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the US Army reported.
Richardson also served as an Army aviator, as the military aide to the vice president and as one of the Army’s liaison officers to the US Senate.
And now Richardson will become the first female commanding general of the US Army as Abrams steps down from his post.
Abrams announced on Tuesday that he was leaving the post to become commander of United States Armed Forces Korea.
“It has been an honor to serve these last three years as the commanding general, US Army Forces Command,” Abrams’ message read.
Abrams also thanked FORSCOM soldiers for their work, as it increases “readiness of our Army across all three components — regular Army, Army National Guard and US Army Reserve.”
Richardson has not been confirmed for Abrams post am day will only serve as acting commander until a replacement is confirmed to the rank of four-star general by the Senate.
“She will continue to be the deputy commander as well as the acting commander during this interim period,” FORSCOM Director of Public Affairs Colonel Michael Lawhorn told CNN. “LTG Richardson is one of a number of highly qualified officers that are being considered as potential commanders for the Army’s largest command.”
Lawhorn also told CNN that during Tuesday’s ceremony, General Mark A. Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, said a nominee has been identified but also clarified that Richardson’s tenure would not be brief.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to be to be honest with you,” Milley said, according to Lawhorn. “You’re going to be in command of this command for a considerable amount of time.”