"The Nevada Guard has hired its first female brigade commander.
Col. Joanne Farris has assumed command of the 991st Multi-Functional Brigade, overseeing more than 700 soldiers and all of the Nevada Army Guard's aviation assets.
Farris joined the Guard over 25 years ago and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1991. She graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 2004, the same year she earned a master's degree from Clayton College.
Brig. Gen. Michael Hanifan says Farris' experience in aviation command will serve her well in her new role. Among other positions, she was deputy brigade commander over the last year and commanded the 1-69th Press Camp Headquarters, which deployed to Bosnia in 1999." ... See MoreSee Less