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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. Inagadadavida



    June 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @Inagadadavida: Maybe double huh?

    June 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Action Jackson

    The military is quite aware that women are qualified for the tough jobs. It's the supposedly enlightened media that always acts surprised.

    June 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Hey artdartfart u couldnt be more wrong i am a conservative and i am most supportive of this female general taking over at parris im just glad i dont have to serve under her command but female warriors throughout history have always done their job exceptionally well good luck gen huuah

    June 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @gung hoe: i'd be proud to serve under her command.. You're part of the problem, dude..

      June 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Riff*Raff

    There is no moderation at all on this blog. I've noticed the disclaimer has been changed to that effect,the online version anyway not mobile. So,it's just the programmed filters- no live human. You have to go to the political blog for moderated comments. Although junk gets through,no mods means real time discussion. Its a tradeoff.
    Happy Saturday everyone!

    June 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Hey fake Cesar, get your own name LOSER.

    June 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Riff*Raff

    *On topic*
    Congrats to Brigadier General Reynolds. I'm sure it wasn't an easy climb up the ranks. Female or not,she's gotta have balls. She's a Marine.
    As for the PMS comments-it's not like it's a demon that possesses us once a month-we're stronger animals than that. But you keep on believing that fairy tale if it makes you feel better. lol

    June 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tee Pardy

    Who would name themselves after a bunch of disgruntled merchants who would rather see their goods at the bottom of Boston Harbor than to be legally siezed by English warships lurking in international waters. What a bunch of maroons. They wouldn't know US History from World History if not for model globes.

    June 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Squirtle

      @tee purrrrdy.. teabaggery is a derogatory sch mex ual practice that these people proudly display at their meetings. Essentially when they dump tea into a harbor they are mimicking them tea bag inng some guy's wife.

      June 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    Ya know really hard to carry on a decent conversation when the screener doesnt post mine or your blogs for hours at a time or it will say that ive already posted a similar post so i break it into two parts word for word and guess what they both go thru

    June 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    I didn't post that, gung hoe. That was a troll. I am the true leeintulsa here.

    June 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    Ok lee in tulsa sorry but i misspoke myself yes i also wouldve been proud to serve under the new general but if you were in like it sounds you were you can understand when i say that certain commanders take command like they have a point to prove as im certain this new general will do as she is the first and wanting to show the pentagon they didnt make a mistake thats all i was saying

    June 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    @ceasar: when "God" abstains from his duties and allows senseless murders to occur then it falls upon us, whether it be as a society or an individual to see that justice is carried out. Sometimes that justice just happens to be meted out by people of questionable reputed such as the case in Tombstone. The Cowboys were an extremely violent group that killed and stole from whomever they could and there are many of their ilk still among us, the only thing that's changed for some is their agenda.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    @Tea Pardy: do you read any history, Boston and all the colonies were part of Britain at the time. English Warships didn't have to "hangout" in international waters as you put it. Also the merchants were trying to make a point to King George that the tea taxes were way too high and that it was unfair for the colonies to carry such a large part of the burden of paying for the Motherland's fiscal budget. Read a book sometime you might be surprised at what you learn.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doc Holliday

    Nope. We're all dead. Yep. Purty sure we're all dead. Ike? Is that you? Nope. Wasn't him. Yep. We're all dead. cough! cough hack hack k-k-k-ohhhhhhACk P'tooey. (ahem)

    June 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    @Doc: good one.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
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