FORT BRAGG, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - For the first time in history, a woman is leading the largest command in the U.S. Army.
Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson will be leading the largest command in the Army, representing 776,000 soldiers and 96,000 civilians for the U.S. Army Forces Command, or FORSCOM, that is based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
This is not the first time Richardson's accomplishments have made headlines.
She began her career with the U.S. Army in 1986 and in 2012 she became the first female deputy commanding general for the 1st Cavalry Division, known as America's First Team.
Just five years later in 2017, Richardson became second in command to General Robert B. Abrams when she was named the first female deputy commanding general for FORSCOM in Fort Bragg, according to the U.S. Army.
WTVD-TV reported that Richardson will become the first female commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command as Abrams steps down from his post. Abrams announced he would be leaving his post to become commander of United States Armed Forces Korea on Tuesday.
"It has been my honor to serve these last three years as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command," Abrams said. "I am grateful for your sacrifices and those of our incredible Army Families."
In her career, Richardson flew Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as an Army Aviator, served in various commands at Fort Hood, and served as chief of staff for communication in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.