Fort Leonard Wood welcomes history-making new commandant

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. A historic day at Fort Leonard Wood brings a new leader.

Effective immediately, The first African American female general ever is the new commandant of the U-S Army Military Police School.

The Nutter Field House was pretty packed.

That's because Brigadier General Donna Martin calls Fort Leonard Wood home now.

She's the 49th Commandant, taking over from Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen.

Before this, Martin served as Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

When asked what she tells people who look up to her, she says to work hard and things will fall into place. And even though she's been in the Army for almost 30 years, she said every day is a new adventure and she's having a blast.

"It is absolutely amazing to me, and to be the commandant of the best regiment in the Army.”

Martin was joined by her husband at Friday’s ceremonies.

Her predecessor is moving a spot in the same command that Martin just left.