A Black female Marine is slated to become the service’s first two-star general.

In August, General Michael Langley became the first Black Marine four-star general.

Major General Lorna Mahlock is in the process of becoming a major general. (Marine Corps)

A woman of color will become the first two-star Marine Corps general, marking a significant milestone in the service’s history.

The Pentagon announced on Dec. 6 that President Joe Biden had appointed Brig. Gen. Lorna Mahlock to the rank of major general, and the Senate confirmed her Thursday. Mahlock is the deputy director of combat support cybersecurity at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland.

According to Marquette University’s biography, Mahlock immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 17 in 1985. In three months, she enlisted in the Marine Corps and became an air traffic controller.

Brigadier Gen Lorna Mahlock
Brigadier Gen Lorna Mahlock (Source: NARA)

According to the Women Marines Association’s biography, she was commissioned as a Marine officer in December 1991 through the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program after graduating from Marquette. Marine Corps Times previously reported that she has earned two master’s degrees in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and the Naval Postgraduate School, in addition to her multiple higher educations.

In 2018, Mahlock became the first Black woman to be nominated for brigadier general.