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First female general to lead Parris Island Marine base says women can handle combat
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Posted on 03/16/2013 4:40:49 PM PDT by Morgana

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — The first female Marine Corps general in charge of its tough-as-nails basic training site on Parris Island says she’s confident women in the Corps will be able to handle combat.

Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds says the Pentagon’s lifting of the combat exclusion against women earlier this year means commanders will be able to “just use the talent that they have. Just use it where they need it. That’s awesome.”

Reynolds was the first woman to command a Marine base in a combat zone when she was put in charge of Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan in 2010. As head of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force’s headquarters group, she oversaw the base in Helmand province that grew to house 20,000 Marines.

She also commanded a communications battalion in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 in battle-scarred Fallujah.

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To: Morgana

Once the first womans head is blown off in combat then contant reporting on the media 24/7 for 3 weeks straight expect a significant drop in female recruitment in the military.

Maybe that was the plan all along...

41 posted on 03/16/2013 6:39:18 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Morgana

Pray for America.

42 posted on 03/16/2013 6:41:03 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Morgana
Brigadier General Loretta E. Reynolds
Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island; and Commanding General, Eastern Recruiting Region

Brigadier General Loretta E. ReynoldsBrigadier General Lori Reynolds was commissioned in the Marine Corps in May 1986 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation from the Basic School in 1987, she attended the Basic Communication Officer's Course at Quantico, Va., and was assigned the 2502 MOS.

Her first duty assignment was with Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Serving initially as communications watch officer at the Base Communication Center, she later returned to the Division Communications Company where she served from May 1988 until August 1990 as Communication Center Platoon Commander, Multichannel Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, and Radio Officer.

In August 1990, she was reassigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan, and was the Detachment Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.

From September 1991 until June 1994, she was a Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command, working primarily on item management, procurement, and research and development for Marine Corps' communications security (COMSEC) systems.

She attended the Command and Control Systems Course, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, from July 1994 to May 1995 and served as a Candidate Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School in Quantico following graduation.

In September 1995, she returned to Camp Pendleton to serve with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group. While there, she served as Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company.

From June 1997 to June 2000, she commanded Recruiting Station Harrisburg PA, 4th Marine Corps District. She attended the Naval War College from August 2000 until June 2001, and from June 2001 to May 2003, was assigned as Action Officer and Deputy Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington DC.

She assumed command of Ninth Communication Battalion, I MEF on 8 June 2003 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II to Fallujah, Iraq from February 2004 to March 2005. She was selected to attend the Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania and graduated with the Class of 2006.

From 2006 to 2008 she was assigned to the Joint Staff, J6 in Washington D.C. She served as a Desk Officer in Current Operations Division and as a Division Chief.

In March 2009, she assumed command of the I MEF Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton, CA. She deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan from March 2010 to March 2011, where the Group supported the efforts of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province.

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43 posted on 03/16/2013 7:09:52 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: stylin19a

“Goodnight Chesty Puller, wherever you are”

Chesty Puller is surrounded and he has the SOBs just where he wants ‘em!

44 posted on 03/16/2013 7:11:52 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (The injustice of trendiness is nearly dualistic in its isomorphism.)
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To: Morgana

None of her credentials said she was ever in combat or commanded women in combat. Just hmmmmmm.

45 posted on 03/16/2013 7:23:37 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: rbg81

All this will come to a screeching halt the first time the Taliban or some other throw-backs capture one our female soldiers. The American public will not be able to stomach it and our forward deployed male troops will be demoralized.

46 posted on 03/16/2013 7:23:41 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: manc

This is nothing but a shame, a disgrace and an insult to all who have suffered and died in battle and earned their place, their rank and their honor.

What a frigging joke but it isn’t funny at all.

From the halls of Montezuma, oh wait, I broke a nail, now on to Tripoli.

Surely the end is near. We are a laughing stock.

47 posted on 03/16/2013 7:25:47 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Enterprise


48 posted on 03/16/2013 7:32:41 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: man_in_tx

What can I say sir but to agree 100%.

We have been reduced to a comedy but it isn’t funny.

No wonder I weep when I try to sing “God Bless America”.

49 posted on 03/16/2013 7:34:44 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

was looking ans sked a recruiter and I kid you not.

One pull up for a woman to enter the marines, two pull ups for a man.
To graduate then women do two pulls up and men do 3 pulls up.
The run is in sneakers and I forget the time but it;s something liek a mile in 10 and a half mins which is a joke

Just look at the AD’s, the marines storm the beach and then give out aid
for the Navy they show a woman in a submarine and state near the end that they are equal opportunity and rights.

What the hell storming a beach to give out aid.

then contrast the roayl marines in the UK who ban women in any kid of job, and here is their AD

they actually tell the pansies and fairies not to join and say they like pain, and now we have this crap of cross dressing , turd pokers and women who get positions who are based on politics.

so sickening

50 posted on 03/16/2013 7:36:58 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Well big friggin’ whoop de doo... she communicates. She must do it with such authority and panash.

Such outstanding leadership qualities.

I’ve got ties older than her that have probably seen rougher duty.

51 posted on 03/16/2013 7:40:50 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: PistolPaknMama

But, but, but... she was near battle scarred Fallujah. Doesn’t that count? She was gallantly leading a communications battalion somewhere near there.

52 posted on 03/16/2013 7:43:38 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: cdcdawg

“Of course women can “handle combat”. I can “handle” playing point guard in the NBA, I would be terrible at it, my team would lose every game, but I could “handle” it. What does “handle combat” even mean? The left couldn’t do any of this garbage without a compliant media. Barf.”

THANK YOU. the issue is women in combat UNITS, not women in combat. whenever this comes up that is the first thing i say. “women in combat” is another no though spin phrase like “assault weapons”.

53 posted on 03/16/2013 7:44:59 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: jsanders2001

Women will eventually go to fight on the frontlines in a war and it will be a massacre. Until then there will be no common sense. The us military is in great danger of becoming the primary tool of the fascists, what with the “retirements” of so many good leaders lately.

54 posted on 03/16/2013 7:45:21 PM PDT by Deathtomarxists (collapse death heartburn heartache dingdongs diaherea)
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To: Bryanw92
Anyone who tells me this gets the same response: OK, then form an all-woman brigade. Let’s create a unit to test the theory by making sure that there are no men to carry the burdens for the women.

That's what Rush Limbaugh proposed:

Flashback to the All-American First Cavalry Amazon Battalion

55 posted on 03/16/2013 7:47:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: narses

Please take me off of the ‘or other threads of general interest’ part of the Pro-Life or Catholic threads’ ping list.

56 posted on 03/16/2013 8:06:26 PM PDT by posterchild (Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.)
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To: stylin19a

“I’m not ashamed to tell you I can’t do a pull-up yet, but I’m working on it!” the 48-year-old Reynolds said with a laugh.”

Gen. Reynolds, with all due respect (and that ain’t much) this graduate of Parris Island, Vietnam, former Corporal, former mustanger Captain just went to the pullup bar and managed a pull-up.

I’m 60 lbs overweight, over 65 years old and 100% service-connected disabled.

Does that say anything about YOUR fitness to lead troops in combat?

57 posted on 03/16/2013 8:14:45 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: dfwgator

I had forgotten all about the Amazon Battalion! HAHAHA! I believe in Gulf War Won, The Mini-series, they were to be played by Dikes on Bikes.

58 posted on 03/16/2013 8:19:11 PM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
you are exactly correct. look at what a MAN that had his balls cut off and put on estrogen due to a "normal female" in MMA. That is a top female combat trained athlete against a guy with no balls..... Knock out in under 40 seconds.

59 posted on 03/16/2013 8:20:55 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: 3Fingas

My daughter made it into the SFPD academy. The physical standards to do so were VERY high. The academy is 8 months and VERY tough. She is VERY smart and DAMN tough. She left during the last 3 weeks because of an injury (and was asked multiple times to come back again).

What does she say about combat? No. Bad idea. Women aren’t physically designed for it.

Yeah, she can take down a man outweighing her by 100 pounds. But she can’t carry him any distance while wearing a full complement of combat gear.

PS: I love the irony of San Francisco having just about the toughest police training in the country. Schizo town.

60 posted on 03/16/2013 9:08:19 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the weren't really there)
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