California native is first woman to lead U.S. Army infantry division

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U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel, 40th Infantry Division Public Affairs

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif — Maj. Gen. Laura Yeager has made history as the first woman to lead a U.S. Army division. Yeager took command of the 40th Infantry Division on June 29 at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos in front of hundreds of soldiers. She will lead about 10,000 soldiers, taking command from Maj. Gen. Mark Malanka, who is retiring. Yeager is a native of Fountain Valley has served in the military since 1986. She’s served in Guam and across the United States, including Hawaii. Yeager is the daughter of a retired major general and wife of a lieutenant colonel. They have four sons.