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First female boss at Parris Island
Recruits are put through their paces in early 2007 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina.
June 18th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

First female boss at Parris Island

Parris Island, the South Carolina military installation that has trained thousands of young Marines, has its first female commander.

Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds took over at a change-of-command ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

"It's not about male or female, it's about highly qualified officers," Capt. Bernadette Newman told CNN Savannah affiliate WSAV. "The Marine Corps gets it right. It's a performance-based society, and if you look at General Reynolds' bio, she has more than enough experience to add value to this, so it is exciting."

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  1. Philip

    Germany didn't and still does not produce any of their own oil and NG. They don't have any. Since the industrial revolution began, germany has always depended on other nations for energy. During WW2, this disadvantage would obviously need to be accounted for, and was with the invasion of Russia. Hitler didn't want a battle on two fronts, but he had no choice. The German war machine was running out of fuel. That's why Hitler allowed 250,000 Brit troops to escape at Dunkirk and sued for peace with GB right afterwards. He didn't want to fight GB AND Russia simultaneously. But he needed that Caspian Basin oil worse than China does today.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      That's exactly why the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 and has been the primary reason for the first Gulf War. And now for that very reason NATO is striving to rid Libya of Mohammar Qadaffy. Sooner or later, NATO will pose a threat to Central Asia, all for the want of oil.

      June 20, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. @Tee Pardy

    Then why did you bring it up?

    June 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @George Gray

    It's no joke, and maybe the Taliban might think twice before messing with Marines who have been trained by a woman Commander, seeing as how the Taliban treat their women.
    Relax, Ward. It's all good.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    Germany produced synthetic oils from coal at,Scholve,Geisenberg,Poelitz,Ruhrchemie,Hoesch,Essener Steinkohle. Production. went from 4.3 mill in 1940 to 7.1 mill tons in 1943. They also obtained several million tons a year from Romania, Baku and Aruba(via Spain). There is also some debate about whether or not they received oil from Russia through their non aggression pact.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    Some of the file on Germany's oil synthetic oil production survived the war and the Allies were keen on identifying the process as they were very interested in synthetic oil production.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe

    Should've been, some of the files on Germany's synthetic oil production. Sorry.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    Germany's goal from the twenties to the late thirties was to produce all their own oil synthetically.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    In the end Russia was just as bad as Germany, they turned a blind eye to Germany's blitzkrieg across the whole western part of the European Continent because they thought Germany was going to divide the eastern part up with Russia after they signed a non aggression pact. Also Russia was just as guilty of ethnic cleansing as Germany was.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joe

    @Philip: Since the invasion was an obvious failure how exactly was the disadvantage accounted for? Other than using up precious resources. No Hitler's decision to invade Russia was based upon the fact that he new he couldn't face three enemies at once and he knew if he didn't act that is exactly what would happen. BTW he also despised communism which didn't hurt in his decision to go after Russia instead of Britain. I'm sure he also suspected that if he chose Britain the U.S. Would probably enter the war very shortly. Raw materials was just a bonus to him.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Tell me something joe, did you ever get past the 7th grade while in school? It doesn't appear that way!

      June 20, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. joe

    Meant knew. Hard to type on this phone, sorry.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joe

    The US hasn't gotten a single barrel of oil from Iraq yet, China is getting it. @banasy, yes did you? The way you dote on that idiot Obama I doubt it.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    I gave specific facts about where Germany produced their oil and their other sources. What facts have you given? Nothing other than a personal attack just like that loser President of yours. I never said didn't say that Hitler wasn't after the resources only that it wasn't his overriding factor. If it had been his main goal he never would've pulled troops from Baku and sent them to Stalingrad when he nearly had control of the oil fields. His main goal always was control of Russia.

    June 20, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    Should've been I never did say that Hitler wasn't the resources. Sorry it's hard to proof read on this blackberry sometimes. BTW Russia had already given up Baku, they had destroyed all of their equipment and capped the wells and had retreated. All Hitler had to do was march in full force and take over but he didn't, instead he tried to reinforce Stalingrad which was of little consequence other than in an attempt to take control of Russia. He could've claimed the oil fields if that had been his main goal, there was nothing to stop him from doing so.

    June 20, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Joe, when are you going to realize that the war against Germany was won on the steppes of Russia, not in North Africa nor Western Europe? While the U.S. beat that country whose name starts with a J on the Pacific Ocean, it was the Russians who essentially beat Germany although both countries claim total credit for the allied victory in WW2.

      June 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Wounded Germany severely yes defeated them no. Germany was very close to developing the atom bomb if we hadn't beaten them to it it would've changed the course of the war, simple fact. Russia was no where close to obtaining atomic power at the time.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
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