Gen. Lori Robinson Breaking a Major Gender Barrier

On Friday, General Lori Robinson was nominated to lead the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), which is a position that would make her the 1st woman ever to lead a combatant command in the history of Pentagon.

General Lori Robinson will replace Adm. Bill Gortney, if the Senate confirms Lori. Adm. Bill Gortney held the position since Dec. 2014. A combatant command is Defence Department command that is composed of forces from at least 2 military departments, having a broad & a continuing mission.

USAF General Lori Robinson (L), commander of Pacific Air Forces, gives the guidon of the US Forces Japan (USFJ) to Lieutenant General John Dolan (R), the new commander of USFJ during a change of command ceremony at US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on June 5, 2015. Dolan replaced outgoing commander Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella.     AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI        (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Lori Robinson shot through the ranks ever since she had entered the military in year 1982. The general of Air Force has served in a multiple positions as an air battle manager, including instructor & the commander of Command & Control Operations Division at Air Force Fighter Weapons School.

Since Oct. 2014, Gen. Lori Robinson has been the Commander of the Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam located in Hawaii. With this assignment, Lori Robinson became the first United States female 4-star to command the combat forces.

Last year, Ash Carter, the Defence Secretary had took the measures to order military to open all combat roles for women.

At present, women are eligible to assist in all the combat jobs, opening up the 213,600 male only positions in around 52 different specialities, which also include the elite special operations units.