We Have the Power: Celebrating Women’s History Month
We are closing out Women’s History Month by recognizing the contributions and achievements of women make our Army and Army Reserve stronger.
Women have played vital roles in our Army since the Revolutionary War. Today women are Soldiers, Army Civilians, Veterans and family members who are critical members of our Army team.
Recently, Brigadier General Patricia Wallace became the first African American and female to command the 91st Training Command, Fort Hunter Liggett, CA. And that’s not all.
Perhaps the most noteworthy example in the Army Reserve to date is Lieutenant General Jody J. Daniels the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, the first woman to lead the Army Reserve and the first female commander of any Army component. In this role, Daniels is paving the way for the next generation of female Army leaders.
Lieutenant General Daniels represents women continuing to rise through the ranks and the diverse perspectives, talent, and leadership that will shape our future military. A career intelligence officer, Daniels has deployed to Kosovo and Iraq. She holds several degrees. Daniel’s military career has been a mix of active and Reserve duty service and describes herself as an “Army brat.” Her father retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers.
We know from experience that the contributions and achievements of women make our Army and Army Reserve stronger.
- Females make up 24% of the Army Reserve.
- 38% of the Department of the Army Civilian Workforce are women.
- The Army has accessed and/or transferred more than 1,400 female Soldiers into Infantry, Armor, and Fire Support occupations.
- Thirty-eight women have graduated from Ranger School.
I had the honor of speaking with Lieutenant General Jody J. Daniels: the First female Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve to to share her personal story and highlight some of the many milestones of women in the military.
About Our Guest
Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels assumed the role of Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, on July 28, 2020.
Daniels most recently served as the Commanding General of the 88th Readiness Division headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minn., and Fort McCoy, Wis. She has more than 36 years of active and reserve military service.
Daniels holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and a M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a native of Rolla, Mo. and is married to Col. (Ret.) John McCarthy.