Whether you like the Obama administration or not, you have to be impressed by the equality for all that this administration has tried to show during its tenure. The military has not been any exception to this trend either. One of the most landmark decisions the administration has done regarding military affairs is to greatly increase the roles of military women in combat. This was met with stiff resistance from both military and political leaders alike, but the Obama administration did not waver in their pursuit of it. Now, President Obama is about to perform another military first in respect to equality and appoint the first female battle commander in history.
The move was first announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as he was the guest speaker at a breakfast hosted by Politico. He mentioned that he had recommended Air Force 4 Star General Lori Robinson to become the new commander of what is known as the Northern Command. Defense Secretary Carter went on to praise General Robinson by describing her qualifications as someone who has vast military operational and military management experience. He also mentioned that her extensive command experience made her a perfect fit for the job.
Who is this woman who is so highly thought of by her military peers and President Obama? For starters, she currently handles an already-lofty position in the military already as that of the commander of the Pacific Air Forces. She is also a 34 year Air Force veteran who first entered into the military on 1982. As she moved up in rank and experience, she eventually became what is known as an air battle manager; a person that is in charge of controlling air assets in a battle zone.
Battle commands require that the person appointed to lead them must have the rank of a four star general or admiral in order to hold them. Interestingly enough, although General Robinson will be the first female military officer to be appointed head of a battle command, she is not the first female to achieve the required rank. That honor was held by Army General Ann Dunwoody when she received her fourth star in 2008.
What is the responsibility of the Northern Command? It oversees the military functions that are performed in the continental United States, Mexico, Alaska and Canada. It is a very big responsibility for anyone who holds that position to say the least. There are a total of nine United States military appointed commands, six of which are regional and the other three are comprised of special commands known as the Space Command, the Special Forces Operations Command and the Military Transportation Command.
The move to appoint General Robinson was met by high praise from ‘Women in International Security’ – an independent group that promotes having deserving women placed in important positions of peace and security.
Congratulations to General Robinson if this move goes through and hats off to the Obama Administration for giving a qualified person their due regardless of gender or race.
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