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AUSA Webinar Features Discussion with Army Women

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

A panel of senior leaders will discuss women in the Army during an upcoming webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The event, part of The AUSA Noon Report series, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which secured for women the right to vote. 

The livestream event will begin at noon Eastern Aug. 24. The event is free, but registration is required here.

It will feature Kathleen Miller, administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army; Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commanding general of U.S. Army North; Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, chief of the Army Reserve; and Command Sgt. Maj. Lynice Thorpe-Noel, the senior enlisted leader for Army Human Resources Command.

As administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army, Miller is the senior career civilian in the Army and the principal career civilian adviser to the Army secretary for administrative and business matters.

Miller was appointed to the job in October 2018. Her previous appointments include serving as the civilian deputy to the deputy Army chief of staff for operations, as the assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics, and as acting director of the Army Budget Office. 

Richardson has commanded Army North since July 2019. Before leading the command at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Richardson was the first woman to lead Army Forces Command when she served as acting commanding general after Gen. Robert Abrams left to lead U.S. Forces Korea. 

As a brigadier general, she was the first woman to serve as a deputy commanding general of a U.S. Army maneuver division, when she filled that role in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

On July 28, Daniels became the first woman to be Army Reserve chief and commanding general of Army Reserve Command. She previously commanded the Reserve’s 88th Regional Readiness Division, was chief of staff for Forces Command, and assistant deputy chief of staff for Army intelligence.

Thorpe-Noel, who assumed responsibility in January 2019, is the first woman to serve as the senior enlisted leader for Army Human Resources Command. She previously was the sergeant major for the command’s Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate and has served in command and staff positions in the continental U.S., Hawaii and Europe.

“Our nation's strength stems from its diversity, and that diversity should be reflected in the ranks of our Army,” Thorpe-Noel said when she assumed her current role. “That's what the American people expect—soldiers and leaders who look like themselves and their loved ones—and that's what they will get from HRC.”