This week, Secretary of Defense James Mattis made an announcement that made history. President Trump has nominated Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock to be the first black American woman to serve as brigadier general in the Corps. Currently serving as deputy director of operations, plans, policies and operations directorate at the Marine Corps' headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

A graduate of Marquette University, Mahlock also holds a Master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College and also holds a Master’s certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School. She has previously served as Commanding Officer of the Marine Air Control Group 18 in Okinawa, Japan, among other posts.

The Marine Corps has the fewest women in service of any of the four branches of the U.S. military, making up but 8 percent of the Corps. In 2017, USMC welcomed its first female infantry officer in history. The officer, who wished to remain anonymous, was the first woman to complete training for a military occupational specialty (MOS), which was first opened to women in April 2016. Just three years ago, the Pentagon made all combat jobs available to women for the first time.

Other nominations announced by the Marine Corps:

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael G. Dana for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as director of the Marine Corps Staff.  Dana is currently serving as the deputy commandant for installations and logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, District of Columbia.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David H. Berger for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as deputy commandant for combat development and integration, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.  Berger is currently serving as the commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific; and commanding general, Fleet Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Marine Corps Col. Stephen E. Liszewski has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Liszewski is currently serving as the military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, District of Columbia.

Marine Corps Col. David L. Odom has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Odom is currently serving as the chief of staff, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

Marine Corps Col. Arthur J. Pasagian has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Pasagian is currently serving as the chief of staff, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

Marine Corps Col. Sean M. Salene has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Salene is currently serving as the assistant chief of staff, G-3, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Marine Corps Col. Kevin J. Stewart has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Stewart is currently serving as the executive assistant to the deputy commandant for installations and logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, District of Columbia.

Marine Corps Col. William H. Swan has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Swan is currently serving as the tactical air section head, Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements Branch, Department of Aviation, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, District of Columbia.

Marine Corps Col. Calvert L. Worth Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Worth is currently serving as the division chief, U.S. Central Command Division, Regional Operations, J-35, Joint Staff, Washington, District of Columbia
 

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