California National Guard promotes 1st Hispanic woman to rank of General
Governor Brown and the California National Guard have announced the promotion of Col. Sylvia R. Crockett to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, March 28th.
Brig. Gen. Crockett, who serves as director of strategic communications for the state’s Military Department, is the first Latina to attain the rank of a general officer in the California National Guard.
“Her example of breaking the glass ceiling, not only for Latinas but for women in general, I think she’s a great role model. I’m going to talk to my daughter who’s 12-years-old about this great woman,” said state Sen. Lou Correa, who chairs the Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee. “This is really about looking forward based on all [her] past accomplishments. I’m excited about working with this new general. I think it’s going to be a great fit and we’re going to hit it hard.”
Crockett’s promotion fell during Women’s History Month, a tradition with origins in Sonoma, Calif., which observed the nation’s first Women’s History Week in March 1978. The annual March celebration raises awareness of the importance of equality and diversity in the United States.
The U.S. military and the California National Guard have long led the way in recognizing the importance of women’s and minorities’ contributions and harnessing their skills. And service members’ vision of what they can achieve in their careers is shaped by whether they see individuals of similar backgrounds excelling and earning recognition.
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