AMITE, LA (WAFB) - On June 4, and official ceremony took place in Amite, giving command of the 225th Engineer Brigade from Col. Rodney Painting to Col. Cindy Haygood, making her the first female ever to command the 225th and the first female to be at the head of a second direct reporting unit (DRU).
Haygood's superiors had nothing but good things to say. "She continues to plow new ground for us. In our history…she's the first female to get a second DRU command," said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis.
Haygood graduated from LSU in 1991 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. Haygood has received the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among many others. Before taking command of the 225th, Haygood also served the Battalion Executive Officer of the 769th Engineer Battalion and 139th Regional Support Group Commander.
In 1985, Haygood and Painting both began their careers in the 225th, the battalion Haygood is now in command of. The 225th has an intriguing past. It served in support of campaigns in the War of 1812, the Civil War, both World Wars, and in many operations in the Middle East, including Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. The battalion also provides relief after natural disasters and assists with community projects across Louisiana.
Haygood lives with her husband, Bill, and their two daughters, Madeline and Lauren, in Gonzales.