Marine Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, currently head of Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command, has been nominated to be the Corps’ first female three-star general in nearly a decade, officials announced recently.
The last female three-star general in the Marine Corps was Lt. Gen. Frances Wilson, who served from 1972 to 2009. The Marine Corps' first female three-star general was Carol Mutter, who served from 1967 to 1999. Her last assignment was as head of Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Her nomination was announced on May 18. If confirmed by the Senate, Reynolds would become the new deputy commandant for information leading the Corps’ information operations – a concept that the Marines are still trying to figure out.
“Information is power,” Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Christopher Harrison told Task & Purpose in an email. “The speed and reach of information has fundamentally changed the character of modern warfare, and has presented opportunities for the MAGTF [Marine Air-Ground Task Force] is inherently designed to exploit."
“As militaries across the globe increasingly rely on technology and information flow to function, it becomes even more important for the Marine Corps to be able to operate and maneuver in this complex and chaotic environment while reducing our own vulnerabilities," he added."
Editor’s note, 5:30 p.m. EDT: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter as the Marine Corps' last female three-star general.
A new bill would give troops with infertility related to their military service greater access to advanced reproductive treatments, including up to three completed cycles of in vitro fertilization, or IVF, and cryopreservation of eggs and sperm for those heading to a combat zone.
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during a visit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Marines and Sailors with the 11th MEU are conducting routine operations as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in the eastern Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck)
The Marine Corps' top general on the west coast is readying his Marines for the next big war against a near peer competitor, and one of his main concerns is figuring out how to alter the mindset of troops that have been fighting insurgencies since 9/11.
"If anything my problem is getting people out of the mindset of [counterterrorism] and making sure they're thinking about near peer adversaries in their training programs," Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California, told Task & Purpose in an interview on Friday.
A Ruger AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, center, the same model, though in gray rather than black, used by the shooter in a Texas church massacre two days earlier, sits on display with other rifles on a wall in a gun shop Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Lynnwood, Wash. (Associated Press/Elaine Thompson)
A new bill introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives would require a significant number of state residents own "at least one" AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with the help of a hefty tax break — except it won't ever get off the ground.
The casket carrying the remains of Scott Wirtz, a civilian employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency killed along with three members of the U.S. military during a recent attack in Syria, sits in a military vehicle during a dignified transfer ceremony as they are returned to the United States at Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Delaware, U.S., January 19, 2019. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
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