Air Force general becomes first woman to lead combatant command

Air Force general becomes first woman to lead combatant command

Air Force General Lori Robinson took charge of the U.S. military’s Northern Command on Friday, becoming the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command. The position is one of the most senior in the U.S. military and makes Robinson, who previously led U.S. air forces in the Pacific, the top general overseeing activities in North America and holding responsibility for homeland defense. The U.S. military last year moved to open up all combat roles to women, a historic step striking down gender barriers in the armed forces. The Defense Department has nine unified combatant commands, responsible for different parts of the world and functions. “She was instrumental in operationalizing our rebalance to the Pacific and in strengthening ties with the air forces of some of our closest allies,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said at a ceremony in Colorado that was broadcast to the Pentagon in Washington. Read More: Reuters
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