Beaufort News

Parris Island to welcome first female commander

A one-star general will make history later this week at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

During a change of command ceremony Friday, Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds will become the first woman in the depot's 96-year history to serve as commanding general.

Reynolds will take over for Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, who leaves after about two years at Parris Island to become the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan, according to a news release.

A Parris Island spokesman said Reynolds was commissioned in 1986, but he declined to provide additional information on her career before Friday's ceremony.

Attempts Tuesday to reach Reynolds and Padilla for comment were unsuccessful.

In addition to commanding Parris Island, Reynolds will oversee the Eastern Recruiting Region, which spans 23 states east of the Mississippi River and Puerto Rico.

Patrick Donohue

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