Gov. Ivey appoints first ever female leader of AL National Guard - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Gov. Ivey appoints first ever female leader of AL National Guard

Major General Sheryl Gordon (Nationalguard.mil) Major General Sheryl Gordon (Nationalguard.mil)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The number of female leaders in Alabama government continues to grow. Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Major General Sheryl Gordon has been appointed to become the Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, the first woman to ever hold the position.

Gordon will take over on August 1 following the retirement of Major General Perry Smith.

“General Sheryl Gordon is a trailblazer and visionary leader,” Gov. Ivey said. “She has had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years. I look forward to serving alongside her as she leads our National Guard troops in Alabama.”

According to the governor's office, Gordon served for one year as an enlisted member of the National Guard before becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1981. In 2009 she was promoted to Brigadier General and became a Major General in 2011. She currently serves as the civilian Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Alabama. Her previous duty assignments include Deputy Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard (2011-2013), Commander of the 62nd Troop Command (2009-2011), and Garrison Commander of the Ft. McClellan Training Center (2007-2009).

“I am humbled to have been chosen by Governor Ivey to serve my state and to lead my fellow soldiers in the Alabama National Guard as the Adjutant General,” Gordon said. “Being chosen to serve in this capacity is a great honor and is a responsibility I do not take lightly. However, I am confident my previous assignments have prepared me for this task.”

The governor, in announcing Smith's successor, thanked him for his honorable leadership and wished him well in retirement.

Gordon joins other notable females in the highest state positions including the governor, Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart, Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and State School Board President Stephanie Bell, and others.

While not public offices, both major political parties are also chaired by women, Nancy Worley with the Democratic Party and Terry Lathan with the Republican Party.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All Rights Reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • House GOP immigration compromise teeters ahead of votes

    House GOP immigration compromise teeters ahead of votes

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:41 AM EDT2018-06-21 04:41:36 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:43 AM EDT2018-06-21 11:43:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks following a closed-door conference with fellow Rep...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks following a closed-door conference with fellow Rep...

    An ambitious House GOP immigration overhaul is teetering ahead of voting.

    More >>

    An ambitious House GOP immigration overhaul is teetering ahead of voting.

    More >>
  • Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers

    Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:21 AM EDT2018-06-21 04:21:49 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:43 AM EDT2018-06-21 11:43:18 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., Wednesday, June 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

    Drawing cheers at a rally, Trump defended his hard-line immigration policies just hours after backing off efforts to separate immigrant families.

    More >>

    Drawing cheers at a rally, Trump defended his hard-line immigration policies just hours after backing off efforts to separate immigrant families.

    More >>
  • CCOPS launches 'Thumbs Up Thursday' supporting law enforcement

    CCOPS launches 'Thumbs Up Thursday' supporting law enforcement

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:43 AM EDT2018-06-21 11:43:47 GMT
    The Kiwanis Club is rolling out a national program called CCOPS which is aimed at fostering positive relationships between the public and law enforcement. (Source: WSFA 12 News)The Kiwanis Club is rolling out a national program called CCOPS which is aimed at fostering positive relationships between the public and law enforcement. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The Kiwanis Club is rolling out a national program called CCOPS which is aimed at fostering positive relationships between the public and law enforcement. (Source: WSFA 12 News)The Kiwanis Club is rolling out a national program called CCOPS which is aimed at fostering positive relationships between the public and law enforcement. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The third Thursday of the month is Thumbs Up Thursday

    More >>

    The third Thursday of the month is Thumbs Up Thursday

    More >>
Powered by Frankly