Brigadier General Diana Holland was sworn in on Tuesday as the first female commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy of West Point, shattering another glass ceiling for American women in the military. Holland, an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran and 1990 West Point Graduate, said she was grateful for the opportunity and looked forward to working with the cadets. “They ask for so little, only to be well led,” she said. The new appointment marks her return to West Point. She formerly taught history at the Academy after obtaining her master’s degree at Duke University. It is also not the first time she’s making history, as she served as the first female general of the U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division. She is taking on the position just weeks after the U.S. military’s historical decision to open up all combat roles to women. West Point’s superintendent Lieutenant General Robert Caslen referenced the recent progress at the swearing-in ceremony, with a nod to such other female West Point alumni as Army Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, the first women to receive the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger titles.
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