LAWTON — U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno will be at Fort Sill on Friday to assess how the post is handling the military occupational specialties the Army recently opened to women.
The Army opened the six specialties to female soldiers last year after the U.S. Defense Department lifted a rule that barred women from serving in combat units. The move made female soldiers eligible to work in more than 13,000 positions that previously had been closed to women.
Fort Sill spokeswoman Nancy Elliott said Odierno's visit is part of a larger nationwide trip. While at Fort Sill, Odierno will meet with post leadership to talk about the programs, Elliott said. He also will tour Monti Hall, a training simulation center completed in 2011.
Elliott said Odierno also will be keynote speaker at the post's St. Barbara's Day Ball. The event is held annually to mark the Feast of St. Barbara, the patron saint of artillerymen.