Yeager, who is also a former Black Hawk helicopter aeromedical evacuation pilot, was deployed to Iraq in 2011 as the deputy commander of the California National Guard’s 40th Aviation Brigade, it said.
She will be taking over command from the retiring Maj. Gen. Mark Malanka.
“As a female, I have found the military to provide opportunities and benefits unmatched by any profession,” Yeager said in a 2016 interview with the California National Guard before her promotion to brigadier general.
“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,” she added. “At the same time, I have been inspired by the incredibly strong and amazing women I have served with and for.”
The California National Guard says the 40th Infantry Division Yeager soon will be leading has served in World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and in other locations like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.