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President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Corps Col. Lorna Mahlock to be what would be the first black female brigadier general, according to the Marine media office.
Mahlock is currently stationed at the Marines' Operations, Plans, Policies, and Operations Directorate in Washington, D.C.
Promotion to senior ranks in the United States Armed Forces are done by being nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, which don't always occur on an individual basis.
In 2017, the first female infantry Marines were assigned. They specialize in being riflemen, as well as working with machine guns and mortars.
Women in combat roles in the military has become a hot-button issue and created controversy within some parts of the military. The Marines have been viewed as one of the most hesitant to incorporate women into active combat roles.
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Congratulations to Col. Lorna M. Mahlock on being the first Black woman nominated to serve as brigadier general. Yo… https://t.co/wBpdRAhvxq
Thank you @realDonaldTrump for this historic nomination. If you were a Democrat, this would be the headline of ever… https://t.co/CvGLlFHwZe
Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock will be the first black female to serve as brigadier general. https://t.co/LoSrEjzrNA
1st black woman nominated to be Marine brigadier general @CNNPolitics https://t.co/7HBIhvCpMk
RT @I_AmAmerica: @realDonaldTrump has nominated the first African-American woman for promotion to general in the U.S. Marine Corps. Col. Lo…