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4-star general is first woman to lead Pacific combat forces

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 11:37 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2014

Air Force Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated to be the new commanding general of the Pacific Air Forces, making her the first U.S. woman four-star commander of combat forces, the Pentagon announced on 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 the 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 B-1 Lancer, KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 Sentry in Iraqi.

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 US 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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Chennchina wrote:
Too bad she doesn't have a macho call sign like "Hawk".
on July 15,2014 | 08:35AM
Oahuan wrote:
So women cannot be sent to the front lines but they can command from behind?
on July 15,2014 | 01:18PM
cojef wrote:
Was that a sexist comment, "behind"? Snuck one by?
on July 15,2014 | 04:45PM
bekwell wrote:
If so . . . it was funny.
on July 16,2014 | 03:37AM
Eradication wrote:
Where have you been? Women have been serving on the front lines for years now. They are not allowed to be assigned to certain combat units specifically but are certainly combatants. My question is how many flight hours this new 4-star has.
on July 15,2014 | 04:50PM
ISCREAM wrote:
She has about 900 flight hours, has never been a pilot, has never been in battle, has never served as a combat systems officer...she is in fact a desk jockey...rating - "air battle manager" with no combat experience and has spent a good deal of time in school at government expense, including a stint at the Brookings Institute.
on July 15,2014 | 10:00PM
ISCREAM wrote:
The President leads from behind...why can't they?
on July 15,2014 | 09:52PM
bekwell wrote:
Correct, and if you doubt that non-combatants, non-experienced, low IQ people control combat operations; read the book, Rolling Thunder by Mark Berent.
on July 16,2014 | 03:40AM
false wrote:
Congratulations to da wahine!!!! super happy for you!!!!
on July 15,2014 | 06:24PM
leeakui wrote:
Congratulations to Lt. General Lori Robinson. She can be better or worse than many military leaders throughout U.S. history. Although author Thomas E. Ricks' book, "The Generals" focuses primarily on the Army, it serves as a serious critique on the "critical issue regarding generalship" especially in combat across all branches of the U.S. military. As Ricks states, "During WWII, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough." America's bureaucratic, political culture is to blame. Ret. Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor reminds us that "the lives of soldiers are more important than the careers of officers." Good luck to Lt. Gen. Robinson, especially in dealing with the "politics."
on July 16,2014 | 04:22AM
whs1966 wrote:
The key question is not "What took so long to promote a woman to four-star rank?" but "Why do we have ANY four-star admirals and generals when we had a total of 4 of them during WW II?" Despite what the politicians, pentagon officials, and hawks would have us believe, the U.S. is NOT at war. If we were, the military would be drafting men and women into the services. As one general said a few years ago, "The U.S. is not at war; the U.S. Army is at war." The vast majority of people in this country go about their lives without thinking about the never-ending conflicts our servicemen and servicewomen are engaged in.
on July 16,2014 | 05:11AM
COlohe1 wrote:
Let's see......Marshall, Ike, MacArthur, Bradley, King, Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance, Arnold...I believe were all four stars sometime during WW II. I might have missed a couple more.
on July 16,2014 | 10:24AM
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