NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has become the highest-ranking, female noncommissioned officer in the Rhode Island National Guard.

The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/2f9zVxI ) reports that Sgt. Maj. Deborah Storm was appointed command sergeant major for the 243rd Regiment at a change-of-responsibility ceremony Sunday at Camp Varnum.

Storm will be in charge of the regional training institute for the National Guard.

The 41-year-old Swansea, Massachusetts, mother of three joined the National Guard in high school. She has been deployed to Bosnia and Guantanamo, Cuba.

Storm says the new role means she's the "first active-duty female command sergeant major for the state of Rhode Island."

She says she hopes she can serve as a role model to other women rising through the ranks.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com