Jamaican Woman Breaks Barriers: First Black Female Marine General

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Trailblazing History: Meet Lorna Mahlock, The First Black Female Two-Star General in the Marine Corps!

Marine Corps Times reports a groundbreaking moment as Lorna Mahlock, originally from Jamaica, shatters barriers and makes history. She will become the first Black woman to serve as a two-star general in the Marine Corps.

President Joe Biden appointed Brigadier General Mahlock to the prestigious rank of major general, with the Senate confirming her on December 6. Her remarkable journey began when she immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, at just 17 years old in 1985.

Jamaican Black General

Her dedication led her to enlist in the Marine Corps as an air traffic controller three months later. Through hard work and determination, she received her commission in December 1991 after graduating from Marquette University.

Lorna Mahlock’s achievements didn’t stop there – she earned two master’s degrees in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and the Naval Postgraduate School. She’s an outstanding example of leadership and perseverance.

Throughout her career, she has held vital roles, including Marine Corps’ chief information officer and director of command, control, communications, and computers. Her accomplishments have broken barriers and opened doors for future generations.

This Jamaican Woman is Experienced and Talented

She has a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma at Norman, a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies with distinction from the Naval War College, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a Masters Certificate in Information Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School. She also is a graduate of the United Kingdom Defense College Higher Command and Staff.

Mahlock’s awards include Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

It’s worth celebrating General Mahlock’s success, especially in a military branch where only nine percent of troops are women. Let her inspiring journey be a symbol of progress and inclusion.

We applaud General Michael Langley’s achievements as well, as he became the first Black Marine four-star general in August. Together, they pave the way for a more diverse and inclusive Marine Corps. Congratulations to both trailblazers!”


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