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A First for Women: West Point Commandant Brigadier General Holland

Diana Holland becomes the first woman to hold the title of deputy commanding general for support in a light infantry division. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Osama Ayyad. Public domain.

Congratulations to Brigadier General Diana Holland who recently became the 76th Commandant at West Point Military Academy. As commandant she is responsible for the development of more than 4400 cadets. Holland has broken many barriers for women in her roles with the U.S. Army. In addition to serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, in July she became the first woman to hold the title of deputy commanding general for support in a light infantry division. She was stationed at Fort Drum, New York.

In an interview with Army Times she said:

"I think [opportunities] are only going to keep expanding. As long as we're out there, showing the great American public what the opportunities are for men and women, and how they can make a difference, and how the Army can be so rewarding, I think, again, the sky's the limit."

For more on the story, please see ArmyTimes.com

At her ceremony, she thanked her father who first suggested she apply to West Point when they first accepted women - she was only 8 so had to wait a few years. She went on to say something that I think all our readers - whether students, parents, instructors or community leaders - should remember, "And it was he who dropped me off here almost 30 years ago to become a West Point cadet. I appreciate your love and support for convincing me early on that I could achieve anything - I just had to work hard and treat people right." The entire story can be read in the US Military Academy newspaper, the Pointer View.

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