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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. Tee Pardy

    The battle for Stalingrad determined the outcome of WW2 in Europe. The proximity fuse won it for the US in the Pacific. (not counting fat man and little boy)

    June 19, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tee Pardy

    Funny you'd mention helping the enemy joe. US corporations and individuals who were helping Germany were so numerous, Congress actually had to pass a special law to get them to stop! It was called the Trading with The Enemy Act. And it worked. All of them quit doing business with hitler except for one man. Only one man was ever charged under the Act. google it (US oil corporations were, and ultimately did, develop Arab oilfields near ocean ports, making the land-locked russian oil virtually worthless until Afghanistan awas conquered. Now that oil has a way(pipelines thru afghan.) to get to it's new market: China

    June 19, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tee Pardy

    Who controls those old Russian oilfields? After the Soviet Union went broke, that area (known as The Caspian Basin) was broken up into a bunch of tiny little countries. And since OPEC was supplying the world oil now, those oid Russian oilwells were worthless. Who could forsee that one day China would be burning Basin oil transported through pipelines in Afghanistan now? (through Iran soon and to India as well) Who knew to purchase the mineral rights to worthless oilfields that would cost billions to frac and bring online...and even then, there was no market for this oil as long as the Taliban controlled it's only way to China. The only individuals who had the authority to invade Afghanistan are also the only individuals who are profiting from this. The individuals who also purchased those mineral rights: The Carlyle Group. Bush, Carlucci, Cheney, Baker III, 26 Bin Laden's, etc. ENRON built a huge powerplant in India with all that loot they stole from US. It burns NG purchased from The Group.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Happy Fathers Day @ Jazzzzzzzz

    June 19, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Thanks for the informative history lessons very informative and it was almost as if one of you was at the boston tea party and the other was living it out from ww1 into ww11 did a very good job explaining both almost as if you both are proffessors of your trade but my question to everybody is what does that have to do with this female general taking over at parris island

    June 19, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tee Pardy

    The thread went dead. So we began chatting about whatever. I say let the old lady serve. It's not like she's a bulldike. Is she?

    June 19, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    Actually much of Germany's oil came from Romania and the Caucuses, a lot of their oil was synthetic oil they refined from coal. Most of the rest they obtained though spanish outlets. Russian oil supplies were of little consequence to Germany.

    June 19, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy


    Not to you or I, but TP seems to like them.

    June 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tee Pardy

    The only reason the Nazis invaded Russia when they did was because they needed oil for their war machine. Getting at Russia's oil was more important than holding France! (much of the Nazi force was moved from France to Russia) And the Caucusus are what I'm talking about joe. That range is located between the Black and Caspian Sea's and make up part of today's Caspian Basin. The Carlyle Group really did their homework.

    June 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tee Pardy

    @leeintulsa. It wouldn't matter enough to keep bringing it up if that's what you mean.

    June 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Gray

    Is this a joke? It has to be political correctness taken to the most ridiculous extreme. Shouldn't a Marine commander be a man who has proven his leadership on the front lines and made his bones in the Corps? Isn't the Marines the ultimate 'fraternity?' A fraternity is a brotherhood, NOT a sisterhood.
    And also, it seems to me that our enemies, such as the Taliban, would mock the very idea of a woman leading America's first-line fighting force.
    What is happening to this country? Men marrying men... women Marine commanders!

    June 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    While Germany may have had raw materials on their minds it wasn't the main reason why they decided to invade Russia, remember Russia and Germany had just signed a non aggression treaty which gave part of Poland to each country. Hitler thought about invading England instead but the English Channel blocked his way and Germany's navy wasn't as powerful as Britain's and Hitler didn't think that even if they gained superior air power that it would be enough to defeat England, also he respected England for how they conquered India. Hitler knew however that very soon Britain, America and Russia would be prepared. Not wanting to take on all three countries at once he decided his best option for success was to invade Russia. The irony is that if Stalin hadn't made a deal with Hitler to divide the spoils, so to speak, then Russia might have been more prepared for what was to come.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    The irony is that the very thing that ultimately got England into the war, the killing of several high ranking Polish officers that was blamed on Germany was actually committed by Russia.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. analyst1

    The boys need motherly care and supervision.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    @george gray: Margaret Thatcher was one of the toughest British Prime Ministers in history and she was a woman so what's your point.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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