Parris Island in South Carolina got its first female base commander today. I’d like to thank the Marine Corps for arranging that to happen on the first day of my blog, and the Associated Press for making her official bio somewhat more interesting than the dictionary.
Brigadier General Loretta Reynolds, one of three female general officers in the Marine Corps, is a Baltimore native who graduated from the Naval Academy in 1986.
The base is the only location where female enlisted Marines train to enter the service but that’s not why or how Reynolds got the job. Check out this local news clip for Capt. Bernadette Newman’s explanation.
Reynolds is one of three female general officers in the Marine Corps, but like most of our military she has served the country without much media attention. I’ll be watching for a profile of her…
In the meantime, check out this article about Captain Kathleen McGrath, the first woman to command a U.S. warship.