Marines’ Parris Island gets first female commander

Parris Island, the South Carolina military installation that has trained…

Parris Island, the South Carolina military installation that has trained thousands of young Marines, has its first female commander.

Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds took over at a change-of-command ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

“It’s not about male or female, it’s about highly qualified officers,” Capt. Bernadette Newman told CNN Savannah affiliate WSAV. “The Marine Corps gets it right. It’s a performance-based society, and if you look at General Reynolds’ bio, she has more than enough experience to add value to this, so it is exciting.”

Reynolds recently returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, where she was the first woman in the Marine Corps to command units in a war zone.

Source: CNN

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