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Laura Jane Richardson (Strickland)

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Birthplace: Kansas City, Jackson County, MO, United States
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Daughter of Darwin Jan Strickland and Private
Wife of Lieutenant General James M. Richardson

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About Laura J. Richardson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_J._Richardson

Laura Jane Richardson (born December 11, 1963) is a four-star general in the United States Army who is the commander of United States Southern Command since October 29, 2021. Prior to that, she was the commanding general of United States Army North from July 2019 to September 2021.

As an army aviator, Richardson flew Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Promoted to brigadier general in 2011, she served in various commands at Fort Hood and as chief of staff for communication in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. In June 2017, she was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed deputy commanding general of United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). She served as acting commander of FORSCOM from October 2018 until March 2019 and, on July 8, 2019, became the first woman appointed to command United States Army North. Richardson was nominated as commander of United States Southern Command by President Joe Biden in March 2021 and confirmed in this role by the United States Senate on August 11. Having been promoted on October 18, 2021, Richardson became the second woman to attain the rank of general in the U.S. Army, as well as the third woman to lead a combatant command.

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Laura J. Richardson's Timeline

1963
December 11, 1963
Kansas City, Jackson County, MO, United States