Sunday, August 06, 2006

Brigadier General Angela Salinas


BGen. Salinas became the first Hispanic woman in the Marines to earn the rank of Brigadier General during a ceremony on 02 AUG 2006. There are only five other women that have obtained that rank in the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps was the first of the armed services to have a female general.

On 04 AUG 2006, BGen. Salinas made history again by becoming the first woman to command Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego.

BGen. Salinas has made a number of firsts during her career which started when she enlisted in 1974. In June 1989, Salinas became the first female in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station. In June 1992, she became the first woman ever to be assigned as a combat service support ground monitor. Then in the Spring of 2001, she became the first woman to serve as a recruiting district commanding officer.

BGen. Salinas holds a master’s degree from the Naval War College. She is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Naval War College’s Command and Staff College and the Army War College.

Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Gold Stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 Gold Stars.

13 Comments:

At 19/10/06 18:40, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salinas is a great woman

 
At 10/11/06 12:05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brigadier General Salinas is a great woman who deserves all of our respect. She is the first Hispanic female to become a General officer in the United States Marine Corps. Congradulations and Happy Birthday Marine!

 
At 26/6/07 22:07, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The general is a pretty good golfer considering she only gets to play once a month. But more important, she is a great lady and general.

 
At 13/9/07 16:52, Anonymous Brian Brady said...

I had an opportunity to introduce my (then 5 year old) daughter at last year's Veteran's Day parade in San Diego. What a treat for me and my daughter.

Strong women role models, like Gen. Salinas, are important for our young girls to see. My daughter was fortunate to meet a BGEN, a LTCOL, and a GNYSGT, all women, that day.

... and General Salinas gets it. She knows her command is both necessary to the mission of the Corps and an inspiration to women and latinas. It's not often you find leaders who get the fact that they are role models.

 
At 8/11/07 19:20, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Angie! I am proud to know you. Congratulations! You have made all of the oringial Penguins proud!

 
At 22/4/08 19:57, Anonymous Anonymous said...

u roc angie. ur a great role model

 
At 25/4/08 11:52, Anonymous c/ 1LT Corinne Maldonado said...

Wow you're a really amazing woman! just to make this known you're one of my biggest inpirations! Hope you continue doing well!
If my spanish teacher will let me i plan on doing a short biography on you for my 4th quarter report. =]

 
At 18/5/08 20:25, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently had the pleasure to meet B General Salinas. What a greater speaker and a great role model.

 
At 5/6/08 10:06, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty good for someone who hasn't been in an operational unit since she was a captain.

 
At 9/6/08 01:24, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Brigadier General was one excellent basketball player before the USMC got a hold of her. She ended up with some very bad knee injuries. Perhaps that is why she hasn't been in an operational unit for a while. She is one great woman, and I am proud to call her a friend!

 
At 26/2/10 10:25, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET GEN. SALINAS, 2008 AT MCRD AT OUR 2/1 VIET NAM VETS REUNION. SHE GRACIOUSLY ATTENDED OUR BBQ THE NEXT DAY AT LT. LANGS HOME & SPOKE ABOUT THE USMC. WHAT AN INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER SHE IS! WHAT A PLEASURE. OUR THANKS TO YOU GENERAL.

 
At 12/4/10 22:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know her email or how i can get in contact with her? Im going to San Diego in about a week and a half to see a couple of my good friends Graduate from BC and wanted to see if I could get a video interview with her about her life as a marine and everything shes done, if anyone had any info please let me know.

 
At 4/3/11 20:22, Anonymous Kate, 1stSgt USMC (Ret) said...

I had the privilege of serving w/ Maj Gen Salinas @ Women Recruit Training Command, Parris Island as a DI in the early 80s. She was a series commander. No surprise to me of her great accomplishments since she's always been focused. Salinas is a Marine's Marine. Always has been. Always will be. Also knew her during her brief time as an enlisted person. Never, ever forgot where she came from. To the jackass who made the comment about her not being in an organizational unit, do you think she gets to pick and choose? Can't believe there's still ignorance like this.

 

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