President Trump appoints first female African American Marine Corps general

Posted on April 17, 2018

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President Trump appoints first female African American Marine Corps general

For the first time in the long history of the U.S. Marine Corps, an African American woman has been nominated to the rank of general.
The historic appointment of Col. Lorna M. Mahlock, if confirmed by Congress, marks just the latest attempt by President Donald Trump to create opportunities for women and African Americans in the military.

A historic nomination
According to a Department of Defense brief announcing the nomination, Col. Mahlock currently works as the deputy director of Operations, Plans, Policies, and Operations Directorate at the Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington. Her career has spanned multiple assignments in places including Germany, Japan, and even the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Mahlock’s appointment would make history in a branch of the military that has made much progress in race relations over the last century. The first black recruits to the USMC began arriving in North Carolina to train on Aug. 26, 1942, where they built their segregated barracks and training facilities with nothing but hand tools, grit, and hard work.

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