LORNA MAHLOCK ON THE VERGE ON BEING FIRST BLACK FEMALE BRIGADIER GENERAL
It has only been three years since all combat jobs have been open to women. The news comes three years after the Pentagon announced that all combat jobs within the military are available to women. Mahlock is currently the deputy director of operations, plans, policies and operations directorate at the Marine Corps. Just last year, the Marine Corps again made history by welcoming its first female infantry officer.
This was announced earlier this week by, Secretary of Defense James Mattis when President Donald Trump nominated her as the first African-American woman for promotion to general. The Marine Corps is the smallest of the four military services, and the branch has the fewest female service members, according to the Marine Corps Community Services.
Col. Lorna M. Mahlock is a graduate of Marquette University, the US Army War College and Naval Postgraduate School has been nominated to serve as Brigadier General. If confirmed, Mahlock will be the first black woman to ever hold that position. According to her LinkedIn profile, Mahlock has served in Germany, worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs and served in Okinawa, Japan.
Mahlock is currently the deputy director of operations, plans, policies, and operations directorate at the Marine Corps’ headquarters in DC.