Sandy Best to become first female general in MN National Guard history


A colonel in the Minnesota National Guard is celebrating a historic promotion.

Col. Sandy Best will become the first female general in Minnesota National Guard history when she's promoted to brigadier general, the Minnesota National Guard told BringMeTheNews.

"[Best] is a perfect example of the amazing men and women of the Minnesota National Guard who do so much to serve our country," U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, said in an email statement. "Her historic promotion as the first woman to serve as a general in the Minnesota Guard is well deserved, and I am confident she will continue to serve our state and country with distinction."

The Minnesota National Guard told BringMeTheNews it plans to announce Best's promotion to the public on Feb. 18, with the promotion ceremony scheduled for Feb. 25.

Once promoted, Best will serve as the Air Chief of Staff and will be responsible for command supervision of Air National Guard units in Minnesota, which include the 133rd Airlift Wing and the 148th Fighter Wing.

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