US Army Forces Command
Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson
For the first time in U.S. Army Forces Command history, a woman will be leading the largest command in the Army, representing 776,000 soldiers and 96,000 civilians. GEN Robert B. “Abe” Abrams, FORSCOM?S current commander, is leaving to become commander of U.S. Forces Korea. He will relinquish command to LTG Laura J. Richardson, who will then become the first female Army officer to officially hold that position. Richardson, an aviator, has had other firsts: In 2012, she became the first female deputy commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division, known as “America’s First Team,? and in 2017, she became second in command to Abrams when she was named the first female deputy commanding general of FORSCOM at Fort Bragg, NC.