For the First Time in History, a Woman Will Lead the Army Reserve

By Connecting Vets

For the first time in its 112-year history, a woman has been selected to lead the U.S. Army Reserves.

The Senate recently confirmed Maj. Gen. Jody J. Daniels for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment in the dual role of Chief of Army Reserve and commanding general of the Reserve Command.

The Army Reserve is a community-based force comprised of more than 200,000 soldiers and civilian employees with a geographic footprint that includes 50 states, five territories, and more than 30 countries, an Army release stated.

Daniels most recently served as commanding general of the 88th Readiness Division and has more than 36 years of active and reserve military service. Retired Army Gen. Mark Quantock told USA Today that Daniels is a “terrific officer.”

“Jody is smart, experienced, approachable and is a gifted teacher,” he said. “Really happy to see her break another glass ceiling as the chief of the Army Reserve. She’ll be fantastic.”  

According to the release, Daniels also deployed to Iraq as chief of plans and integrations She also served as the director of intelligence for Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and also completed a civil affairs deployment to Kosovo.

In her civilian career, Daniels was the director of advanced programs for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories. She holds a B.S. in applied mathematics (computer science) from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and an M.S. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Daniels succeeds Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey.

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