Brigadier General Laura J. Richardson
Brigadier General Laura Richardson became the Secretary of the Army, Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs for the Headquarters, Department of the Army at the Pentagon on June 2, 2014.
Richardson grew up in Colorado and was commissioned a second lieutenant aviation officer upon graduation from Metropolitan State College in Denver.
Her first assignment after flight school was in Korea with the 17th Aviation Brigade, where she served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, brigade staff officer and company commander.
She next served at Fort Hood, Texas, on the III Corps staff and in the 6th Cavalry Brigade as a company commander and brigade adjutant.
Upon leaving Texas, she was assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, serving at the Battle Command Training Program as an observer trainer, followed by attendance to the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
She was next assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to serve in the 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, as an assault helicopter battalion, as the operations officer and executive officer.
In 1999, Richardson was selected to serve as the military aide to Vice President Al Gore at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Richardson then returned to Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where she served as the division deputy of operations and later as commander of the 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, an assault helicopter battalion, where she deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following her battalion command, she was assigned to the Pentagon on the Army Staff in the operations section and served as deputy director and then director for the Army's Transformation Office.
After her Pentagon tour, she attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., and was the garrison commander of Fort Myer, Virginia, and Fort McNair. After command she served as the Army's Liaison Officer to the United States Senate.
She was promoted to brigadier general March 2, 2012, while serving as the commanding general of U.S. Army Operational Test Command.
On July 5, 2012, Brig. Gen. Laura J. Richardson served as the first female deputy commanding general of a maneuver division with 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas.
Her most recent assignment was in Afghanistan as the deputy chief of staff for communications with Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Her military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Rotary Wing Course, the UH-60 Black Hawk Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Her awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal (seven), and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.