President Obama Nominates First Woman to Head Major Military Command

President Obama Nominates First Woman to Head Major Military Command

General Lori Robinson will break the glass ceiling in the Air Force.

Published March 20th

There could soon be one more huge crack in the glass ceiling. 

According to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, President Barack Obama will be nominating Air Force General Lori Robinson to be the next United States combatant commander. Robinson will be the first woman to fill the position.

It was not until this year that the department opened up all combat jobs to women, making the position available to Robinson. If confirmed, Robinson would head the U.S. Northern Command, which was created as a result of the 9/11 attacks. She is currently head of the Pacific Air Force. She will be replacing Adm. William Gortney, who is set to retire. 

Just because 2016 is Obama's last year in office does not mean that the president plans on going quietly into the night. He recently nominated his choice for the new Supreme Court Justice, and is getting more and more involved in the current presidential election.

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(Photos from left: Andrew Burton/Getty Images, U.S. Air Force via AP)

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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