Kirsters Baish| If she is confirmed, Marine Corps Colonel Lorna M. Mahlock will go down in history as the very first black woman to take on one of the highest military positions in the entire world. Trump’s nomination was announced by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, along with a list of other general officer announcements. It was reported by ABC News that the Marine Corps Colonel would be the very first black woman to ever serve as a brigadier general if she is confirmed.
A press release about Mahlock’s nomination was released by the Department of Defense. It explained that she is serving as the Deputy Director of Operations, Plans, Policies, and Operations Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington D.C. at this point in time. The nomination was announced by Mattis on Tuesday, March 10.
Mahlock is part of the small eight percent of women currently serving in the United States Marines. This is also the smallest branch of our country’s military. Breitbart reported, “This follows the unnamed woman who became the corps’ first infantry officer last year, only three years after the Pentagon officially opened up asl combat roles to female soldiers. 2017 also saw the first female infantry marines, asssgned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.”
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Business Insider reported:
In a history-making move, Col. Lorna Mahlock has been nominated to become the Marine Corps’ first female African-American general officer.
Mahlock, 49, has served in the prestigious post of deputy director of plans, policies and operations since July 2017. Her next assignment will be announced later if she is confirmed by the Senate, according to the Marine Corps. She was nominated on April 10 to get her first star.
After joining the Corps as an enlisted Marine in 1985, Mahlock was commissioned in 1991 and became an air traffic control officer. She went on to deploy in support of operations in Iraq three times with Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38: First as a company commander from November 2002 to May 2003; then as an operations officer from February 2004 to May 2004; and finally as commanding officer from January 2008 to January 2009.
Among Mahlock’s military awards sits the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Media, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
This woman is clearly an asset to our military, and it’s wonderful to see President Trump recognizing her bravery in her service to our country. If you want to take a look at a red-blooded American, all you have to do is look at Marine Corps Colonel Lorna M. Mahlock. This woman is everything that America represents. She is bravery and courage and strength. Colonel Mahlock is the kind of person we need helping to protect our country.