Skip to comments.Air Force command nominee is 1st woman, non-pilot
Posted on 07/17/2014 8:20:28 PM PDT by jazusamo
The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation.
The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation.
Officials said pilots historically have commanded Air Force war-fighting components for the Pacific and for U.S. Air Forces Europe; Air Forces Central, which covers the Middle East and Afghanistan; and the 1st Air Force, which is part of Northern Command and protects U.S. skies.
Gen. Robinson is not a career pilot. Her military profession is air battle manager. She has served aboard the Air Forces surveillance aircraft, the E-3 AWACs and E-8 JSTARS, and she was nominated for a promotion amid a drive for more diversity in the Pentagon.
A retired pilot said there is a reason the Air Force historically has put a pilot in charge of large combatant command Air Forces.
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How PC of this administration with their social experiments.
PC is going to get many people killed.
That Hegel. What a homophobe.
Oops. Did I actually misspell Hagel?
Is she black? Is she lesbian?
Important job qualifications, you know.
I have no doubt that there are women in the military with really great leadership skills.
But of the women I’ve known at field grade and above (and I’ve known quite a few) it was painfully obvious that their sex parts had a tremendous amount to do with their promotions.
Well, she isn’t black.
Frankly, I am more shocked that she isn’t a pilot.
This SAC, TAC, and AFSC veteran is laughing at you morons. Just wait until we have a real enemy. Wait, I’m not laughing now.
It’s sickening. I am more shocked though she isn’t really a he.
Geez, this makes me angry!
Fooking ridiculous. ...
How gratifying to be given something you didn’t earn.
why would that shock you knowing the President of the United States was a community organizer.
We need to bring in a batch of those Honduran Children to help run the Pentagon. There's just too many old people who speak English and who can read and don't have TB.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson is a “battle management specialist”. Wow, how impressive that is! And look at all those pretty ribbons that say she showed up for work on time, plays well in the sand box with others, and brushes her teeth every day. I certainly would want her making life or death decisions for me as a pilot — NOT.
But she worked really hard for that second X chromosome!
w.t.fart are all of those pins and flags for on her uniform? Is that like AF code for “I am here to make up for Colorado Springs Christianity” or sump thin’ “?
“she was nominated for a promotion amid a drive for more diversity in the Pentagon”
She has no qualifications for the position. She is an affirmative action candidate who will make things worse.
Active Duty ping.
How is it possible to be a freaking four-star general in the AIR FORCE and not be a PILOT?!
How can she even look her own staff in the eyes?
This is madness.
If she had any pride at all in her profession, she would turn down this promotion based only on the fact that the WH is admitting that she is being nominated not because she is qualified (which she might be) but because they need diversity at the Pentagon.
What an insult to her accomplishments (whatever they might be).
This sure ain’t Sparta.
That’s correct...By precedent she’s not qualified for this command because she isn’t a pilot but she may be well qualified for a command in her field.
Stupid is as stupid does
An AF 4 star and no gray hair? Did they rush her up the ranks at ludicrous speed?
Are they rushing them all up the ranks now?
I hope Obama gave consideration to all the muslim transgendered candidates.
Up is down and good is evil. Lord help us.
University of New Hampshire is known for pumping out great generals. /s
More orchestrated humiliation.
What a COS.
The government basically downplayed her real accomplishments and gave her this job only because they wanted diversity. They didn’t care about whether or not she was qualified, they only cared that she wasn’t a white guy.
Again, if she had any pride in that uniform, she would turn down the “promotion” and indicate that she would not want to take a position where anyone would question her abilities and in this case, because the reason for her promotion was stated by the White House to be diversity rather than competency, that she is turning it down.
But I’m guessing that the only reason she was promoted to General in the first place was because she was a woman. She is obviously more than happy to ride the affirmative action elevator to the top.
Effective dates of promotion
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant May 24, 1981
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant September 11, 1983
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain September 11, 1985
US-O4 insignia.svg Major January 1, 1994
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1998
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel August 1, 2002
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General July 22, 2008
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General May, 2011
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General May 20, 2013
The 0bama administration has been very good to her, from Brigadier General to four star in six years if she’s confirmed.
I’m gonna go watch Battle Los Angeles.
She is a Fellow of the Brookings Institution.
That, in and of itself, puts her beyond the pale as a Flag Officer.
Just my opinion of course.
Isn't that an insane asylum?
But a very profitable one.
Just waiting for Bowe Bergdahl to be promoted General and Chairman of JCS.
That’s a lot of fruit salad (that I cannot decipher) for someone who probably has never discharged any kind of weapon in anger.
1st woman, non-pilot, chairman (or whatever), is parallel to 1st African, non-accomplished, president. So, I guess it’s business as usual?
Now that's funny. On second thought, no, it isn't. It hurts too much to be funny.
You know, I thought I thought I knew what the word "sick" meant; but you have just written a new definition for it.
By the look of her, a switch-hitter.
The pRESIDENT’s 1st Secretary of the AF was an open homo whose 1st priority wasn’t maintaining air superiority over the Russians and Chinese but making sure that the AF was welcoming to deviants.
To command a nuke carrier, you HAVE to qualify as a plain, ole ordinary nuclear engineer that has qualified on the power plant, just like every other ensign does. Admittedly, not many chiefs are going to reject a signature for a captain when he needs to sign off on a operational question, BUT HE WILL HAVE TO TURN THE VALVES every time, the right way, at the right time.
Why can she NOT qualify as a pilot?
Why can she NOT fly a plane? I didn’t say “fighter pilot” or bomber pilot?
I said “pilot” - even if as a civilian-not military with 100% eyeballs and full shooting pilot?
I just don’t believe these affirmative action military leaders can be trusted to make prudent decision when the bombs are falling.
If she were the most experienced and qualified person for the position, I would have no problem with this promotion.
But obviously she is far from it.
Well, we have a non-veteran Commie for Commander In Chief, why not a non-pilot as head of the Air Force? Next they will place someone who gets seasick as head of the Navy, as long as they meet the diversity “qualifications.”