28 Jun '18, 9pm

For the first time, a female Marine has been named commander of a ground combat arms unit

For the first time, a female Marine has been named commander of a ground combat arms unit

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — For the first time, a female Marine has been named commander of a ground combat arms unit, military officials announced Wednesday, June 27. Lt. Col. Michelle Macander took over command of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion June 22 at Camp Pendleton. “It is a privilege to carry on the legacy of this storied battalion, and continue to provide support to the largest and most decorated division in the Marine Corps,” Macander said in a statement. “I’m honored to be a part of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion team.” Macander took over command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Christopher M. Haar. The transfer of authority ceremony included a speech by Maj. Gen. Eric M. Smith, commanding general of 1st Marine Division. The appointment is the latest in a series of history-making firsts for women in the Marine Corps and at Camp Pendleton. In September, a female...

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