Laura Yeager Wiki

First Woman leader US Army Infantry Div: Laura Yeager Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Laura Yeager Wiki

Laura Yeager Wiki

Laura Yeager (born in 1961) is an American Brigadier General and Former Black Hawk Pilot from Fountain Valley, California. She is best known as the first woman to lead the United States Army Infantry Division.

The 58-year-old Officer recently gained media attention after it was announced that she will command a U.S. Army Infantry Division. In fact, Laura is the first woman in the USA army who ever do so. She is going to replace Major General Mark Malanka for the post. Moreover, Yeager will be making history on the 29th of June 2019.

This announced was made by the 40th Infantry Division in a Facebook post on June 07, 2019. In addition, Laura will assume command in a ceremony at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA.


The 58-year-old brigadier started her career in the US Army back in June 1986. She appointed as a student and commandant’s list graduate in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Later, Laura Yeager got the position of Platoon Leader in 423rd Medical Company at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Army Infantry Division’s head worked there from September 1986 to December 1987. Laura also flew UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in combat in Iraq as a colonel. She served as the deputy commander in 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fresno, California, and Taji, Iraq.

Laura Yeager Education Background

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Yeager studied psychology at UC Irvine for her undergrad and mastered in psychology at Chapman University. She also holds an MSS in strategic studies from United States Army War College.

Laura Yeager Husband and Children


Laura Yeager is married to retired Lt. Col. Curtis Yeager. They have four adult sons together.

she looks up to her father in military service and in life.

Laura Yeager Gender Career Perception

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Laura suggested that she found the military to provide opportunities and benefits unmatched by any profession. Within the military, females are in the minority, yet in every assignment, she has held, her mostly male peers, subordinates and superiors, have supported her, treated her with respect, coached, mentored and advised her. At the same time, she has been inspired by the incredibly strong and amazing women she has served with and for.

Yeager’s Role Models


Laura Yeager’s father retired California National Guard Maj. Gen. Robert Brandt served two tours in Vietnam. He is also a helicopter pilot, and Yeager told the Defense Department news service in 2016 that she looks up to her father in military service and in life.

“My father has been a tremendous role model to me, both as a parent and as an officer and I have benefited immensely from his mentorship,” Yeager said. “He always had high expectations for me but I was given a lot of independence to pursue my own path.”

As for the retired Maj. Gen., he told DVIDS that he’s proud of the choices his daughter has made. “I could not be more proud of Laura for choosing a professional career in which she has devoted her life to the service of our nation,” he said.

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Yeager Surprised Her Father When She Enlisted

Although Yeager always looked up to her father, he didn’t necessarily expect her to pursue a military career. She told USA Today, “I walked by one of those recruiting posters and said, ‘I can do that,’” Yeager said. “I think my father (retired Maj. Gen. Robert Brandt) was more surprised than anyone that I joined.”


Becoming a helicopter pilot just like her dad was also somewhat unexpected. “Though my dad was a pilot, I had never really considered becoming one myself, but once I decided to join the military, I wanted to do something that would be vastly different from anything I could do in a civilian occupation,” she told Defense Department news service. “Once I had a chance to fly in a helicopter as an ROTC cadet, I was hooked and became obsessed with going to flight school. To this day, the sound of a helicopter is music to my ears and I never get tired of being on one or even seeing one in flight.”

Her Gender Has Never Been an Obstacle in Her Military Career

Although women are in the minority in the military, Yeager says that her experience in the service has been quite positive. She told DVIDS, “As a female, I have found the military to provide opportunities and benefits unmatched by any profession.”


“Clearly, females are in the minority within the military, yet in every assignment, I have held, my mostly male peers, subordinates and superiors, have supported me, treated me with respect, coached, mentored and advised me. At the same time, I have been inspired by the incredibly strong and amazing women I have served with and for,” she said.

In fact, she told USA Today that she often forgets that she’s in the minority as a woman, especially in the higher ranks of military service. “Every once in a while, I’ll be in a meeting and will notice I’m the only woman in the room,” she said. “I realize, ‘Wow, there aren’t that many of us’.”

In 2017, Yeager Became the First Female Commander of Joint Task Force North

This isn’t Yeager’s first time making history. In 2017, she became the first woman to command Joint Task Force North. Joint Task Force North offers Department of Defense support and resources to the fight against drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations.

At the time, Yeager told KFOX 14 that her educational background would help her be a leader with a focus on service members and their families. “My education is in psychology and in counseling. So I’m very focused on the families. At the end of the day, we don’t get the mission done without the support of our families and the community,” she said.

Yeager also said that her gender could even be an asset in this leadership role. “I think that as women, we are used to juggling a lot of things in our lives. Trying to manage packing school lunches, doing homework with the kids, paying the bills and doing the job. So I think we bring an ability maybe to multitask to a job that maybe sometimes men lack,” she said.

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Yeager Has a Reputation as a Strong Leader

Yeager’s colleagues are already speaking out in support of her new position. Lt. Col. Jonathan Shiroma told USA Today, “She’s been a battalion commander, a brigade commander and now a division commander. She’s earned it.”


He went on to say, “She’s an outstanding leader, and many of her subordinates who worked with her in the past are looking forward to working with her again.”

On the 40th Infantry Division Facebook page, folks who served with Yeager have been congratulating her on this next step in her career. “Congratulations, Ma’am. Proud to have served with you,” one veteran wrote.

“Congratulations General Yeager. Couldn’t go to a better person,” another user said.

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • Laura Yeager will take reign of California National Guard’s 40th Infantry division 
  • Brig. Gen. Yeager, a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot has served in Iraq
  • She will put in charge of more than 10,00 soldiers in a ceremony on June 29
  • Army Infantry Division’s Commander, Laura has been happily married to her husband “Curtis Yeager” (retired Lieutenant colonel).
  • The couple also shares four adult children i.e. four sons (names are not available).
  • During an interview, Laura told that her dad remained a role model in her life. She also told that Robert inspired her both as a parent and as an officer.
  • Furthermore, Mrs. Yeager became interested in becoming a pilot after she got a chance to fly in a helicopter as an ROTC cadet.
  • Earlier, in 2017, the brigadier general appointed as a commander of Joint Task Force North. In fact, she again was the first female to do so.
  • Money Factor: As per wealth details, Laura Yeager Net worth is $500K US Dollars, as of 2019.
  • Her height is 5 Feet 7.5 Inches (172 centimeters tall) and weighs 64 kilograms (135 pounds).
  • During her career in the US Army, Laura received numerous badges and ribbons such as Army Service Ribbon, Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Parachutist Badge