Lloyd J. Austin, US Secretary of Defense, announced Saturday that President Joe Biden nominated Army Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson for appointment to the rank of general and assignment as commander of the US Southern Command. .
In a message on social media, United States Undersecretary of Defense for Public Affairs John Kirby reported on Richardson’s promotion, also saying that Air Force General Jacqueline Van Ovost will assume the Transportation Command.
Richardson, 57, becomes the first woman to lead the Southern Command, after an outstanding military career in the US Army in which she also served as deputy commander general of the Armed Forces Command, reported Military.com. .
Kirby also said that Admiral John Aquilino was appointed as Commander of the Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii and Vice Admiral Samuel Paparo, as Commander of the Pacific Fleet in Hawaii.
Who is Laura Richardson?
The new Southern Command leader was an army aviator, flew Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, before being promoted to brigadier general in 2011, served in various commands at Fort Hood, and was chief of communications staff at the International Force of Assistance for Security in Afghanistan.
Richardson graduated from Metropolitan State College in Denver, where she earned a BA in psychology, she was also a swimmer and earned her pilot’s license at 16 years of age.
The Southern Command is the fraction of the army that the United States allocates to operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, and in recent years it has emphasized the Venezuelan political crisis.