Biden names two women generals to lead the military leadership

Biden names two women generals to lead the military leadership
President Joe Biden announced the appointment of two women to lead the US Military Command, and it will be only the second and third women to occupy these senior military positions in the United States.

United States Air Force General Jacqueline Van Aufost, the only woman to reach the rank of four-star general, the highest rank in the military, was nominated to head Transport Command (USTRANSCOM).

Three-star Army General Laura Richardson has been nominated for SOUTHCOM, which covers Central and Latin America. It will also get its fourth star.

If the Senate confirmed their nominations, Van Ofost and Richardson would follow Lori Robinson, who was the first woman to assume command of the military. She led Northern Command (NORTHCOM) before her retirement in 2018.

"Each of these women led jobs that demonstrated unrivaled skill, integrity and duty to the country," Biden said while introducing the two generals during a short speech at the White House.

He added, "Today is International Women's Day, and we must all see and acknowledge the achievements of these women in breaking down barriers."

The US Army has 11 commands, all of them commanded by four-star generals.

Last month, The New York Times reported that the Pentagon had made a decision on the Van Ofost and Richardson nominations early last year.

But according to The Times, the announcement was postponed until after the presidential election in November because former Defense Secretary Mark Esper feared that then-President Donald Trump would not agree to nominate generals because of their gender.

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