In a historic first, the Pentagon has appointed Brig. Gen. Diana Holland to become the commandant of West Point’s Corps of Cadets. She will replace Maj. Gen. John Thomson on January 5, 2016, as the 76th commandant of cadets, the first woman to take on that role in the prestigious military academy’s history. “Diana’s operational and command experience will bring a new and diverse perspective to West Point’s leadership team,” Army Secretary Eric Fanning said in a statement. “She is absolutely the right person for this critical position.”
Holland graduated from West Point herself in 1990 as a lieutenant in the engineers unit, and is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She has received the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, and is currently serving as Deputy Commanding General with the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, N.Y. Her appointment comes at a time when the Pentagon has started to integrate women in all combat roles. “I am very honored to be named the next Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets,” she said in a statement. “It’s a privilege to be part of the team that trains and develops leaders of character for our Army.”
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