First Black Woman Nominated to Be Marine Corps Brigadier General

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President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Corps Col. Lorna Mahlock to be the first black female brigadier general, according to the military branch's media office.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis made the announcement on Tuesday, CNN reports.

Mahlock is currently stationed at the Marines' Operations, Plans, Policies, and Operations Directorate in Washington, D.C.

Promotion to senior ranks in the United States Armed Forces are done by being nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, which don't always occur on an individual basis.

In 2017, the first female infantry Marines were assigned. They specialize in being riflemen, as well as working with machine guns and mortars.

Women in combat roles in the military has become a hot-button issue and created controversy within some parts of the military. The Marines have been viewed as one of the most hesitant to incorporate women into active combat roles.