Senators confirmed Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson as the new head of U.S. Northern Command during wrap-up work late Thursday, making her the first woman to serve as a combatant commander.
Robinson’s confirmation was approved without opposition before lawmakers started their weeklong congressional recess. Lawmakers also confirmed Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti to serve as the new head of U.S. European Command and Army Gen. Vincent Brooks to lead U.S. Forces Korea.
All of the nominees faced friendly questioning during their nomination hearings earlier this month, and positive reviews from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Robinson previously served as commander of Pacific Air Forces. She is a senior air battle manager with more than 900 flight hours in the E-3B/C and E-8C aircraft, and has previously held leadership roles in U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Air Combat Command.
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