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Angela Salinas

Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

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Major General of the US Marine Corps, Angela Salinas explains her path into the Marines and how the armed forces instilled her with a new confidence and drive to succeed. 
Angela Salinas is a retired Major General of the US Marine Corps and a role model for women in the armed forces.  Raised by two Mexican immigrants, Salinas was the first in her family to graduate from college. She joined the Marines after college and rose to be the first Hispanic woman to become a US Marine Corps general officer and the sixth woman in the Marine Corps to reach the rank of brigadier general. She was also the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station and the first woman to serve as a recruiting district commanding officer.  Within 39 years of service, Salinas was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and was the highest ranking female officer in the Marines when she retired in 2013.

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The Troops
Angela Salinas recounts the reaction of a young marine's family when they learn his Commanding Officer is female. 

Women Have Always Been Serving
In this MAKERS interview, Angela Salinas talks about the history of women in the armed forces.

Being an Example
In this MAKERS interview, Angela Salinas, talks about being a example for parents to show young girls what they can do. 

Don't Tell the Wives
In this MAKERS interview, Angela Salinas discusses the immediate gender prejudice she experienced in a new job. 

The Opening of the Women's Memorial
In this interview, Major General Angela Salinas talks about meeting the women who came before her, serving their country before the country gave them the right to vote.

The Same Standards
In this interview, Major General Salinas talks about gender integration and competing with the male marines.

Family Reservations
In this MAKERS interview, Angela Salinas talks about her family's reservations and response to her joining the Marines.

A Decision in Times of Turmoil
Angela Salinas talks about growing up amidst the political chaos of the 1960s and 1970s, and her community's feelings about the military.