Air Force Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated to be the new commanding general of Pacific Air Forces, making her the first U.S. woman four-star commander of combat forces, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
She replaces Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle who becomes the new commander of the Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
As commander of Pacific Air Forces, Robinson is the air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director of Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Robinson is currently the vice commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base.
Robinson entered the Air Force in 1982 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire.
She served in a variety of positions as an air battle manager, including instructor and commander of the Command and Control Operations Division at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, as well as chief of tactics in the 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron.Robinson has commanded an operations group, a training wing, an air control wing and has deployed as vice commander of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, leading more than 2,000 airmen flying the B-1 Lancer, KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 Sentry in Iraq.
Robinson is the second woman four-star in the Air Force, the Defense News reported.
The Navy this week promoted its first woman to four-star rank when Adm. Michelle Howard was selected as vice chief of naval operations, Defense News reported.
The three other four-star women generals in the U.S. military are: the Army's first female four-star, Gen. Ann Dunwoody, who was named head of U.S. Army Materiel Command in 2008 and retired from that position in August 2012 and Air Force Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger who has led the Air Force Materiel Command since June 2012.
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