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PINEVILLE, La. – Melanique LaBeaud, New Orleans native, places command sergeant major rank on her mother, Veronica LaBeaud of Pineville, La., at a Louisiana National Guard promotion ceremony at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, Dec. 3, 2013. This makes LaBeaud the first-ever female command sergeant major in the 256th IBCT, and the first-ever African-American female command sergeant major in the Louisiana National Guard. LaBeaud will now serve as the command sergeant major for the 199th Brigade Support Battalion, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Rebekah Malone, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office)