First Black Woman To Become Marine Brigadier General

“Over my 30 years in the Marine Corps, my experience in terms of how women have evolved has been very positive,” she said in the video. “It’s been a steady rise. I’m very, very hopeful.”

Marine Corps Col. Mahlock has had an extensive career in the Marines and has served in the Office of Legislative Affairs and served in Okinawa, Japan. In her post she commands 1,300 troops and civil personnel according to Newsone. Mahlock also oversees $250 million in equipment.