JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Cathy Jorgensen received the biggest promotion of her career Friday, Sept. 13.
It was a pretty big deal for the Alaska Army National Guard, too.
Jorgensen, of Eagle River, became the first female to make the rank of general in Alaska Guard history.
“It’s a great privilege,” she said following a ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Now a brigadier general, Jorgensen is responsible for preparing each of the Guard’s 4,500 soldiers — be that to protect Alaska or to deploy worldwide.