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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. Ellis' Manager

    Steve Buscemi is coming here to check out Ellis in his natural habitat. Everybody be on your best behavior today.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. rc collins

    she commanded me to go down you know where...

    June 18, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ellis

    kiss me where it smells funny

    June 18, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Why does CNN allow these jerks to continue to post such Tea Party comments such as the above? These need to be blocked from this web page. Besides, they're disgusting and out of place here!!!

      June 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Inagadadavida

    Women fight and die for our country. Like the article said, it's not about gender; it's about performance.
    I think it's grand!

    June 18, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Another broad to give orders to kill, what a thrill!!! I find it most disgusting. Believe me, there is absolutely no glory in killing people neither now nor during WW2. Never!!!! Killing is but one thing, bad, bad. bad!!!

      June 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Unfortunately, people all over the world want to kill us, so we train willing volunteers to protect us..

      June 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    @george patton, doc holiday might disagree with you on that. Hey sometimes people need killing it's just an unfortunate fact of life.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Don't you think that we should leave that for God to judge, joe? But then again, most Americans through their own arrogance and self righteousness believe it's our right to judge. Besides, most Muslims do resent our occupying their countries.

      June 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe

    As a Marine I can tell you that it is not performance based... Marines and WMs are held to different standards in terms of physical fitness.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Inagadadavida

    @joe:
    I am sure what you've said is true. However, what does that have to do with her ability to lead?

    And, BTW:
    Thank you for your service to our country.
    Semper Fi.

    June 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    @Inagadadavida
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    A GOOD LEADER IS DETERMINED BY how big there ballz are..

    June 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Here's another Tea Party comment that should not be allowed to be displayed here. It's very vulgar and most unfunny. Like I said before, CNN needs to do a better job of moderating these posts here especially after blocking some of my comments which include no profanity at all.

      June 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Sorry Cesar, I've been trolled again as one can plainly see above. I'm the true RUFFNUTT here and I never use that filthy lingo in my posts. I noticed that you've been trolled too, so you know how it feels.

      June 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    You guys better hope she handles PMS problems like a true leader, or you are all in for a rough ride.

    June 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Inagadadavida

    @Ruffie:

    A true leader doesn't need testes to lead.
    That has been proven again and again by the so-called 'leaders' who WERE born with them.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    Good post Cesar,thank you.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. artdart

    Negative comments against a female Marine General are mostly coming from radical Conservatives that would rather see women in the kitchen by the stove.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    I didn't post the above. That was a troll.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SMOOTH

    Wonder if trolls taste good with martini's LOL
    My women just rolls her eyes... and that's how we roll at home. I'm stealing that fella's (He He)

    June 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Men O' Pause

    Probably doesn't really do anything women anyway.

    June 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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