Obama nominates first female leader of Northern Command

By Marilyn Malara   |   March 18, 2016 at 12:48 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama has nominated Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson to be the first female leader of the U.S. Northern Command.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Robinson's nomination during a breakfast event Friday, commending her "very deep" experience in military operations and management.

"We have coming along now a lot of female officers who are exceptionally strong," Carter said, according to Politico. "Lori certainly fits into that category."

If the Senate agrees, Robinson will replace Adm. Bill Gortney in the role of NORTHCOM leader. Gortney took over the position in December 2014.

Robinson has reportedly shot up the Air Force ranks in recent years. The four-star general became the first woman of her rank to command the Pacific Air Forces in 2014.

During the event, Carter also announced Obama is expected to nominate Army Gen. Vincent Brooks as the next commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, replacing Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.

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