Fort Leonard Wood’s first female commander wants women to know what’s possible when serving in the military

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The hallway leading to the commander’s office is adorned with 40 framed pictures, arranged like a long arrow pointing forward, of the men in uniform who have led this sprawling post in the Ozarks.

Bucking the trend, the latest photo added to the wall is of Army Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, the first woman to lead Fort Leonard Wood since it opened in 1941. She’s also one of few African-Americans to do so.

“I don’t consider either of those an obstacle,” said Martin, 53. “I would like to think that the Army has chosen me to be in the positions I am in because I am the most qualified.”

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