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Jul 27, 2012 9:13 AM by AP

La. National Guard promotes woman to general

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana National Guard has its first female general.

The Times-Picayune reports that Col. Joanne Sheridan is being promoted to brigadier general Friday, in a ceremony at Jackson Barracks.

Sheridan, an assistant adjutant general for the Army, will have the star attached to her uniform during a "pinning ceremony" announced by the National Guard.

A native of Leesville, Sheridan's recent assignments were vice chief of the joint staff and, before that, as commander of the 199th Regiment-Regional Training Institute at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. The 199th runs the officer candidate school and other military courses and schools.

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