Lori Robinson: America’s First Female Combatant Commander

Coming home from Toronto yesterday, my sister showed me an article on CNNPolitics.com all about Air Force General Lori Robinson. I made a mental note to read the entire article when I got home, because I figured it would be a great topic to write a blog post on.

Gregg Birnbaum and Ryan Browne are the authors of the article on CNNPolitics.com. They titled their article as “First Female Combatant Commander Lori Robinson Takes Charge”, and in it they discuss how Robinson claimed the title of the first female combatant commander in the United States this past Friday, and how she is to lead the US Northern Command.

The article explains how the title of combatant commander is a necessary qualification an individual must earn in order to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and how Robinson is the first woman to ever qualify for such a position. She initially joined the Air Force in 1982, and in doing so became an air battle manager, meaning she was in charge of command and control of aircraft in air battle space.

In summation, this woman deserves endless recognition and respect for her incredible achievements.

I think Lori Robinson is an incredibly positive example of female leadership and power in not only the military, but furthermore in society. A while ago, I wrote a post about how the US Military tends to be dominated by hegemonic ideas and patriarchal systems, so to have a woman like Lori Robinson representing all women serving in the military is an example of how gender equality is slowly but surely progressing. I would argue that Robinson and her remarkable efforts in her position of work will inspire and motivate numerous women across the globe wanting to join the US military.

Robinson is a prime example of how gender dichotomies can be diminished in specific contexts, and I look forward to hearing more about her and other women like her.


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