Major General LaRita A. Aragon is the Air National Guard assistant to the deputy chief of staff of Staff Manpower and Personnel. She serves as the senior Air National Guard officer responsible for comprehensive plans and policies covering all life cycles of military and civilian personnel management, which includes military and civilian end strength management, education and training, and compensation and resource allocation. General Aragon serves on the Air Force Personnel Board of Directors for personnel integration matters.
Major General Aragon enlisted in the Oklahoma Air National Guard on September 9, 1979 as an Airman Basic in the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received her commission through the Academy of Military Science at Knoxville, Tennessee in October 1981. She returned to the 219th EIS as an administrative officer. In February 1989 General Aragon became the first female commander in the Oklahoma Air National Guard when she assumed command of the 137th Services Flight at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base. She became the first female to hold the rank of Brigadier General in Oklahoma National Guard and the first female commander of the Oklahoma Air National Guard in March 2003.