Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Friday that President Obama plans to name Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson as a U.S. combatant commander.
"Gen. Robinson, it just so happens, would also be the first-ever female combatant commander," Carter said when making the announcement.
Robinson would be the head of the U.S Northern Command, which oversees all activities in North America. Adm. Bill Gortney currently holds that position. The role requires Robinson to report directly to Carter.
"We have coming along now a lot of female officers who are exceptionally strong," Carter said at a breakfast hosted by Politico. "Lori certainly fits into that category."
Robinson first enlisted in the military in 1982. She is a current Air Force general who is head of the Pacific Air Forces. She previously held positions as a battle manager, including instructor and commander of the Command and Control Operations Division at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School.
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