Brigadier General Angela Salinas
Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; and Commanding General, Western
Recruiting Region

Angela Salinas Brigadier General Angela (Angie) Salinas began her military
career when she enlisted into the Marine Corps in May 1974.
Following recruit training at Parris Island, S.C., she served as a
legal services clerk until 1977 when she was selected for the
Enlisted Commissioning Program and commissioned a second
lieutenant in December 1977.

She has commanded at every rank and has served as Series
Commander, Woman Recruit Training Command, Parris
Island, South Carolina; Commanding Officer, Headquarters
and Service Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion, Camp
Pendleton, CA; Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station
Charleston, West Virginia; Commanding Officer, 4th Recruit
Training Battalion; and Commanding Officer, 12th Marine
Corps District, San Diego, CA.

She served in a variety of staff positions throughout the Marine Corps serving as a legal officer
with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, N.C.; Executive Officer, Headquarters
Company and Battalion Operations Officer, Woman Recruit Training Battalion; Adjutant, 3rd
Maintenance Battalion, Okinawa Japan; Adjutant, 1st Maintenance Battalion, Camp Pendleton,
CA; Executive Officer, Recruiting Station Charleston, West Virginia; Major’s Combat Service
Support Ground Monitor; Deputy, Special Assistant for General/Flag Officer Matters, Joint
Staff; Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Policy; G-5, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Depot
Inspector, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA; and Operations Officer, Marine Corps
Recruiting Command and Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Quantico, VA.

In June 1989, Brigadier General Salinas assumed command of Recruiting Station Charleston and
became the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station. In June 1992, she
became the first woman assigned as a combat service support ground monitor responsible for the
assignments of over 1000 senior officers. She was the first female assigned as a plans and policy
officer for a major combatant command in 1999, and in May 2001 when she assumed command
of the 12th Marine Corps District, became the first woman to serve as a recruiting district
commanding officer. She is the first woman to command the Marine Corps Recruit Depot/


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