WEST POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Military Academy's first female commandant of cadets assumed command of her post at West Point on Tuesday, according to a report on TWC News.
Brigadier Gen. Diana Holland, a West Point graduate, is the 76th person to hold that position.
According to an earlier press release from West Point, Holland’s selection has been praised by Acting Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.
"Diana's operational and command experiences will bring a new and diverse perspective to West Point's leadership team," Fanning said in the release. "She is absolutely the right person for this critical position."
According to West Point, Holland had service as the deputy commanding general (Support), 10th Mountain Division (Light), at Fort Drum, N.Y.
She will replace Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III, the academy said. Thomson has been named commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, the academy said .
After the announcement was made, the academy said, Holland said it was “a privilege to be part of the team that trains and develops leaders of character for our Army.”
She added that she looked forward to “continuing the legacy set by Maj. Gen. Thomson and all previous commandants."
Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, superintendent of the academy, said in the release, that Holland will be a valuable addition to the team.
Calling her a “superb leader” who has a phenomenal reputation throughout the Army," Caslen said Holland “is immensely qualified for the job.”
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.