By Sonia Billadeau
On March 18th, the White House nominated General Lori Robinson of the Air force to manage all military forces. If approved by the Senate, General Robinson will become the first woman to lead one of the United States combatant commands.
According to the New York Times, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, “We have coming along now a lot of female officers who are exceptionally strong. Lori certainly fits into that category.”
Back in 1982, Robinson joined the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire. She has been in many positions such as Director of the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon, and a commander of an operations group, a training wing and an air control wing, according to the U.S. Air Force webpage.
In 2007 and 2014, Robinson made history when she became the first woman Air Battle Manager and Commander in an Oklahoma station and four-star commander of combat forces in the Pacific Air Forces based in Hawaii.
To clarify on combatant commands, there are six combatant commanders in the Defense Department who direct military operations in different regions of the world. Robinson would run the United States Northern Command, which is based in Colorado Springs, according to the New York Times.
The responsibilities of the Northern Command is defending America's homeland — protecting the people of the US, US national power and freedom of action, according to the U.S. Northern Command webpage.
Alongside Robinson, six percent of generals and admirals are women. 17 percent of officers are women and 15 percent of enlisted service members are women. Out of 38 four-star generals, there are three women, including Robinson, according to the Pentagon.
As of now, Robinson is still the Air Battle Manager stationed in Hawaii.
This would be an incredible moment in history if Robinson is elected. She is truly an inspiration to all women that they can be powerful and make a really great difference. We can’t wait to see what happens!
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