First female commander to take helm at Marines' Parris Island

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Posted: Jun 17, 2011 12:13 PM
First female commander to take helm at Marines' Parris Island

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - The Marine Corps recruit depot at Parris Island, South Carolina, will get its first-ever female commander on Friday.

At an afternoon ceremony, Brigadier General Lori Reynolds will assume command of one of the Marine Corps' largest units, which spans 23 states east of the Mississippi River and graduates nearly 20,000 Marines each year.

She will oversee the nearly 1,600 active duty personnel at the training base at Parris Island, as well as more than 1,500 recruiters across the eastern region.

Reynolds earned her commission in the Marine Corps in 1986 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. She trained in communications at Quantico, Virginia, and served in various communication positions until 1990.

She has served in Okinawa, Japan; Camp Pendleton in California; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and Iraq and Afghanistan.

Reynolds is one of three active duty female generals in the Marine Corps.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Peter Bohan)