Saturday, June 18, 2011
Brigadier General Loretta Reynolds, First Female To Take Command At Parris Island Training Facility
First Female To
Take Command At
5:50 AM, Jun 18, 2011 | comments
Parris Island, SC -- For the first time in its
96-year history, a female general is taking
charge at the Marine Corps training depot
at South Carolina's Parris Island.
Brigadier General Loretta Reynolds took
charge of the installation during a
ceremony Friday. She is taking over from
Brigadier General Frederick Padilla, who is t
aking charge of the 3rd Marine Division in
A Baltimore, Maryland native and 1986
graduate of the Naval Academy, Reynolds
is also the first female Marine to hold a
command position in a battle zone.
In addition to running the training depot,
she is now also in charge of the Marines'
Eastern Recruiting Region, which covers the
23 states east of the Mississippi River.
As a one-star general, Reynolds is only the
third female general in the more than 200
thousand member MarineCorps.