The U.S. military could see its first female combatant commander announced this week, as President Barack Obama is reportedly about to nominate Air Force General Lori Robinson to lead U.S. Northern Command. Robinson currently leads the Pacific Air Forces, and in the new position would oversee operations in North America, headquartered in Colorado. She entered the Air Force in 1982 and became an air battle manager, according to CNN.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the impending nomination on Friday at a breakfast hosted by Politico, in which he praised Robinson for having “very deep operational experience” as well as managerial experience. Once she is nominated, Robinson will have to be confirmed by the Senate in order to assume the position.
“That shows yet another thing — which is that we have, coming along now, a lot of female officers who are exceptionally strong. And Lori certainly fits into that category,” Carter said at the event, according to Reuters.
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