Wisconsin woman to make state history as first female Brigadier General in WI Army National Guard


NBC15S SAIRA ANWER TELLS US THE MANY REASONS WHY COLONEL MATHEW’S PROMOTION IS SO WELL DESERVED. JONI MATHEWS IS GOING ON 30 YEARS OF MILITARY EXPERIENCE. 52:15 I WAS ACTIVE DUTY FOR 11 YEARS THEN I JOINED THE NATIONAL GUARD IN 1997. ITS BEEN THE BEST DECISION OF MILITARY CAREER TO JOIN THE NATIONAL GUARD. MATHEWS EXTENSIVE CAREER BEGAN AT FORT RUCKER WHERE SHE FLEW HELICOPTERS AND WAS AN AVIATION INSTRUCTOR. SHE THEN SERVED IN GERMANY FOR MORE THAN A DECADE BEFORE RETURNING HOME TO THE U-S “53:59 THE COMMANDER OF THE 147 AT THE TIME IN WISCONSIN RECRUITED ME TO COME TO THE NATIONAL GUARD.” MATHEWS’ WILL NOT ONLY BE THE FIRST WOMAN BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE STATE…HER PROMOTION IS ALSO A MILESTONE FOR NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN. MATHEWS COMES FROM A LINE OF LAKE SUPERIOR CHIPPEWA INDIANS. RYAN SARDINE- “6.02 IT’S INSPIRATIONAL BUT I THINK MORE INSPIRATIONAL IS NOT THIS UPCOMING PROMOTION BRIGADIER GENERAL OR HER ASSIGNMENT TO HUMANE RESOURCES DIRECTOR, BUT IT’S ABOUT KNOWING WHERE SHE CAME FROM. “57:44 I THINK GROWING UP ON A RESERVATION HAS GIVEN ME THE CULTURE, THE STRENGTH TO DO WHAT I AM ABLE TO DO” WHEN I ASKED MATHEWS ABOUT THE EXAMPLE SHE WAS SETTING FOR HER TWO DAUGHTERS, SHE SAID THEY, ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, ARE THE ONES WHO INSPIRE HER. “56:00 WHAT ALSO GO ME HERE ARE THE WOMEN VETERANS THAT SERVED IN WORLD WAR 1 AND WORLD WAR II YEARS AGO THAT HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR WOMEN VETERANS AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY.” 9:15 COLONEL MATHEWS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE OUTSTANDING CALIBER OF MEN AND WOMEN WE HAVE HERE IN THE STATE WORKING AND SERVING THE WISCONSIN GUARD MEMBERS. “55:42 I THINK IF YOU DO THE BEST JOB THAT YOU CAN, YOU CAN ATTAIN ANY GOAL, ANY CHALLENGE THAT YOU PUT IN FRONT OF YOU, AND IF YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, ESPECIALLY YOU’RE GONNA ATTAIN THOSE GOALS.” IN MADISON, SAIRA ANWER NBC15 NEWS COLONEL MATHEWS WILL BE OFFICIALLY PROMOTED TO BRIGADIER GENERAL AT 8:30 MONDAY MORNING IN THE SENATE CHAMBERS DURING A SPECIAL PINNING CEREMONY.

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