NEWSFLASH: Stayce Harris Could Make History as Air Force Lieutenant General

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Major General Stayce Harris to be promoted to Lieutenant General and become the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of the Air Staff for the U.S. Air Force. Her nomination is historic; if Harris is appointed, she will be the first African American woman to ever serve as Lieutenant General for the U.S. Air Force.

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Harris graduated with a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California in 1981, and received a commission in the Air Force through USC’s ROTC program. She has had an outstanding 34-year career in the Air Force, serving in an array of high-power positions including Mobility Force Planner for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations to the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force. She currently serves as Commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 22nd Division at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia.

Lieutenant General James “JJ” Jackson, Chief of the Air Force Reserve at its D.C. Headquarters and Commander of the Air Force Reserve, called Harris “an outstanding role model for all generations” and “a great leader for all airmen.”

Major General Harris, we salute you.




Natalie Geismar is an Editorial Intern at Ms. and a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, where she double majors in International and Area Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is an ardent feminist with a passion for human rights work and advocacy of all varieties and hopes to become some combination of international lawyer/activist/journalist/Amal Clooney in the future.