President Barack Obama will be nominating the first woman to head the United States combatant command, if her nomination is confirmed, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

The department only this year opened up all combat jobs to women, clearing the way for Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson to be nominated to the position of head of the U.S. Northern Command, which was created following the attacks on September 11, 2001, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Currently, Robinson is head of the Pacific Air Force.

If the Senate confirms her nomination, Robinson would replace current head Adm. William Gortney, who will be retiring.

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