Calif. National Guard promotes first Latina general

March 28, 2012 6:15:08 PM PDT
It's a historic day for the California National Guard. It has its first Latina general. Brig. Gen. Sylvia Crockett, a former colonel, started her career in 1982, with the Santa Clara County based 129th Air Rescue Wing.

Gov. Jerry Brown presided over her promotion ceremony on Wednesday. Rising through the ranks, Crockett has served in nearly every leadership and staff position and she says she's proud to be a role model.

"It's a great opportunity to serve in a position that in many ways will be able to serve as I guess an example to many for many young women and men in the Latina and Latino community, who will be able to eventually realize, that they too can reach the top," said Crockett.

The general, with her mom present, is now director of strategic communications for the state's Military Department.