'We've Come A Long Way,'
says Georgia's First Female Battalion Commander

The Georgia Army National Guard appointed its first female battalion commander. Lieutenant Colonel Maria L. Britt became the first female battalion commander in Georgia Army National Guard history by assuming command of the 400-member 221st Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gillem, Ga.

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Britt is a seventeen-year veteran of the Georgia Army National Guard. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lt. Col. Britt graduated in 1983 with a degree in Engineering. She received a regular commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from West Point in 1983, and served six years on active duty in various military police and criminal investigations assignments.

Britt joined the Georgia Army National Guard in September 1991 as an Intelligence Officer.

In 1995, she received her Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

"The Georgia National Guard has come a long way in accepting women and minorities in leadership roles, " said Lt. Col. Britt. "I don't see myself as the first female battalion commander, but as a qualified officer who's privileged to command a battalion."

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