Major General Jessica L. Wright assumed duties as The Adjutant General, Pennsylvania National Guard in February 2004. In this State cabinet-level position, Major General Wright, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, is responsible for command, control, and supervision of all Air and Army National guard units allocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is also responsible for six (6) state-owned veterans' homes and programs for Pennsylvania's one million veterans.
General Wright was commissioned through the Women's Army Corps Orientation, Officer Candidate School at Fort McClellan, Alabama in 1975. Prior to her commissioning, General Wright enlisted into the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1975. She attended the Rotary Wing Aviator Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama and became the Army National Guard's first female aviator. General Wright was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia for three years ending in 1989. General Wright became the first female maneuver brigade commander in the United States Army as she took command of the 28h Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In October 2000, General Wright was assigned as the Deputy Adjutant General - Army, Pennsylvania National Guard and served in this capacity until being sworn in as Pennsylvania's first female Adjutant General in 2004.