Gen. Lori Reynolds becomes first female commanderParris Island, the South Carolina military installation that has trained thousands of young Marines, has its first female commander, Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, who took over at a change-of-command ceremony Friday.

“It’s not about male or female, it’s about highly qualified officers,” Capt. Bernadette Newman told CNN Savannah affiliate WSAV. “The Marine Corps gets it right. It’s a performance-based society, and if you look at General Reynolds’ bio, she has more than enough experience to add value to this, so it is exciting.”

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