Governor Mike Beebe has named Alicia "Cissy" Rucker of Little Rock to be the next Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.
"Cissy Rucker has a history of military leadership and a keen mind for organization," Governor Beebe said. "I’m grateful that she has agreed to postpone her retirement awhile longer to continue serving Arkansas and put this department on stronger footing."
Rucker, 62, spent 33 years in the Arkansas National Guard, retiring with the rank of Colonel. Her assigned duties included Airfield Commander, Surface Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Manager and State Public Affairs Officer. She is a member of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, as well the Women's International Helicopter Pilots Association.
Before taking the position, Rucker rescinded her state retirement status and will not receive retirement benefits while at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a former colleague of Cissy's at the Arkansas Gazette many decades ago and an admirer of her ascent in the military, I have some advice for any slackers who might still remain from the bog of management problems that led to the VA shakeup. Better straighten up and fly right.