In a Historic First, a Woman Now Leads the Army Reserve

July 29, 2020

Photo credit Army Staff Sgt. Edgar Valdez de Leon

The first woman to command the United States Army Reserves assumed command Tuesday during a ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels is the ninth commanding general of the Army Reserves and will lead more than 200,000 soldiers and civilian employees in 50 states, five U.S. territories and more than 30 countries, according to an Army release.

“I know my squad, my team, has the flexibility, creativity innovation and the will to adapt to prevail against all enemies -- to tackle them head-on, to learn from mistakes and to help others achieve proficiency -- and then mastery of the skill we call soldiering -- in order to deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars,” she said.

Daniels has over 36 years of active and Reserve experience. Prior to this assignment, she was the commanding general of 88th Readiness Division headquartered in Fort Snelling, Minn. and Fort McCoy, Wis. She also served as senior commander for Fort McCoy. 

"It is a special day because not only will Jody be the first woman to serve as Chief of Army Reserve, but she'll also be the first woman to lead an Army component -- and this is because she is the right person for this extremely tough job at the right time," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville.

McConville presided over the ceremony. Daniels succeeded Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey. 

Throughout her career, Daniels has commanded at every level, filled a variety of military intelligence positions and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“My vision is that together with my squad, my team, we have the potential to shape tomorrow,” she said.

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