Washington. — United States Air Force General Lori Robinson is set to become the first woman to head a combatant command in the history of the US military.
General Robinson was named to the position by President Obama, and would be in charge of the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) — one of seven Unified Combatant Commands that oversee the nation’s forces throughout the world.
The Northern Command is centred around North America and the surrounding waters and islands. The command is in charge of “homeland defence, civil support, and security cooperation across the continent, and its commander is concurrently the head of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). USNORTHCOM and NORAD are headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In her current role, Robinson commands the Pacific Air Forces and is the component commander of the US Pacific Command and the executive director of the Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. She began her Air Force career as a ROTC cadet at the University of New Hampshire, and has been a general since 2014. She earned her third and fourth stars in 2013 and 2014, after which she also became the first female four-star to command US combat forces
“We have, coming along now, a lot of female officers who are exceptionally strong. And Lori certainly fits into that category,” US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter said. — Reuters.