Norsemen Representing At the Highest Level
It is with great pride and excitement that we congratulate Lt. General Laura Strickland Richardson for yet another promotion as one of the two women honored as a 4 Star General for the United States Army. Lt. General Richardson is a Class of 1982 who dominated in the classroom and the sports scene when she was a student at Northglenn high school. We salute her for this amazing feat and honor! Go Norse!
President Biden Nominates Norse Alumnus – Laura Strickland Richardson, Class of 1982 – For Promotion to 4-Star General
WASHINGTON — Two female military officers who have been nominated to lead four-star commands were recognized Monday during a White House event in recognition of International Women’s Day.
Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson stood behind President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during the event as their military careers and achievements were highlighted as examples of women in military service.
Biden said he nominated Van Ovost and Richardson on Friday and, if confirmed, they will be the second and third women to lead combatant commands.
“Gen. Van Ovost and Lt. Gen. Richardson have been tested under the most difficult circumstances, and they are proven leaders,” Harris said. “The president and I have full confidence in them to address the complex threats we face, to help lead our troops, and to keep our nation safe.”
Van Ovost has been nominated to lead U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where she is the commander of Air Mobility Command. Richardson has been selected to be promoted to general and nominated to be the next commander of U.S. Southern Command based in Florida. She is the commanding general of U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
In her own words…
“I joined the Army in 1986, and I was so happy to pursue my passion for flying by becoming an Army helicopter pilot. I got my private pilot’s license when I was 15 years old. My first assignment after flight school was in the Republic of Korea and since then I’ve been stationed all over America as well as two combat tours—one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. I’ve had an amazing career with some unique opportunities. I was the military assistant to the Vice President and spent two years carrying the nuclear “football.” I also served as the Army’s director of legislative affairs and have had multiple command assignments with some of the best and brightest people in America – American Soldiers!...
…I’m fiercely competitive. I was a Colorado state swimming champion and an All-American swimmer in both high school and college. The challenge the Army presented appealed to my competitive nature and like many other Soldiers, I thought I’d give the Army a try and leave when I wasn’t having fun anymore. Luckily I’ve been having fun for the past 33 years and I’ve been able to continue to serve my country.”