Black River Woman Becomes Brigadier General

U.S. Army Reserve

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A Black River woman is the newest brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve and she says her promotion is a win for women and a tribute to her Japanese-American heritage.

Miyako Schanely is better to known by many locally as the head of the State University of New York North Country Consortium, a partnership of six SUNY campuses that collaborate to bring a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to Fort Drum and the northern New York community.

She says the new one star she wears is a credit to the soldiers she has served with.

"It's truly a great tribute to the superb soldiers and units that I've served with that gets you to a point like this," said General Schanely.

She is the first female Japanese-American and the first female engineer in the U.S. Army Reserve and second in the Army to be promoted to General Officer.

Her step-father, who lived in California, served in the military during World War II.

"His family was put in an internment camp...Wow, what a complete reversal our country has made that we're promoting people to GO," she said.

Schanely was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the engineers upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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