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First Female to Command a Field Artillery Unit Named in WI National Guard

First Female to Command a Field Artillery Unit Named in WI National Guard

Capt. Alicia Dorsett is no stranger when it comes to making history and breaking barriers in the Wisconsin National Guard.

Capt. Alicia Dorsett renders a salute during a change of command ceremony August 15 in Hartford, Wis. Dorsett became the first female officer to command a field artillery battery in Wisconsin National Guard history. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Sgt. Amber Peck

Not only did she become the state’s first female field artillery officer in 2014, but she is now the first female to command a field artillery battery in the Wisconsin National Guard. Soldiers of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery out of Hartford officially welcomed Dorsett as their commander, replacing Capt. Randy Humphrey, during an August 15 ceremony.

Humphrey served as the commander of Battery A since 2019. During his command, he oversaw the unit as they recovered from a recent deployment and as the unit transferred armory locations from Sussex to Hartford.

“If I could sum up time with this unit in one word, I’d say perseverance,” Humphrey said to his Soldiers during his final remarks as commander. “You guys have persevered through every phase of adversity that’s faced you.”

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