navigation-background arrow-down-circle Reply Icon Show More Heart Delete Icon wiki-circle wiki-square wiki arrow-up-circle add-circle add-square add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up calendar-circle chat-bubble-2 chat-bubble check-circle check close contact-us credit-card drag menu email embed facebook-circle snapchat-circle facebook-square facebook faq-circle faq film gear google-circle google-square googleplus history home instagram-circle instagram-square instagram linkedin-circle linkedin-square linkedin load monitor Video Player Play Icon person pinterest-circle pinterest-square pinterest play readlist remove-circle remove-square remove search share share2 sign-out star trailer trash twitter-circle twitter-square twitter youtube-circle youtube-square youtube

Gen. Lori Robinson Nominated as NORTHCOM Head

March 18, 2016 (Photo Credit: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Gen. Lori Robinson was officially named as the next nominee to lead US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) on Friday, setting her up to be the first woman to lead a combatant command in Pentagon history.

The announcement, made by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at a breakfast event, was largely expected, with Defense News, among others, reporting in January that Robinson was the likely pick.

If confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Adm. Bill Gortney, who held the position since December 2014.

Seen as a rising star in the Air Force, Robinson has shot through the ranks, adding a star a year from 2012 through 2014.

In June 2012, just before current Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh took office, Robinson was a two-star serving as deputy commander, US Air Forces Central Command; less than a year later, she pinned on her third star in May 2013 and became vice commander, Air Combat Command.

Then in October 2014, she pinned on her fourth star and took over as commander, Pacific Air Forces. With the PACAF assignment, Robinson became the first US female four-star to command combat forces.


Twitter: @AaronMehta

Next Article