Lt. Gen. Michael Langley becomes Marines' first Black four-star general

미 해병대 중위. Gen. Michael Langley was promoted to the rank of general in a ceremony Saturday, becoming the first Black four-star general in the military branch’s 246-year history.

Langley will take command of the US Africa Command, which oversees the nation’s military presence in Africa, in a change of command ceremony at its Germany headquarters on Monday.
Speaking after the ceremony at Marine Barracks in Washington, DC, Langley said he washumbled and honored for the opportunity to take on the stewardship of command of AFRICOMas a four-star general.
    But the milestone and what it means to the Corps is quite essential. Not just because the mark in history, but what it will affect going forward, especially for those younger across society that want to aspire and look at the Marine Corps as an opportunity,” 그는 덧붙였다.
      Langley was nominated 으로 조 바이든 대통령 for the promotion in June. The US Senate confirmed his promotion to four-star general by a voice vote earlier this week.
        In remarks during Saturday’s ceremony, Langley paid homage tothose who have gone before,” recognizing Frederick C. Branch, the first commissioned Black Marine, 그리고 Montford Point Marines, the first African Americans to enlist in the Marines who trained at a segregated facility in Montford Point, 노스 캐롤라이나.
        He also spoke of the importance of diversity in the military tomaintain a decisive advantage over our strategic competitors.
          The Marine Corps had refused to recruit African Americans and other minorities until a 1941 executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt thatforced the Corps, despite objections from its leadership,” to start recruiting Black Marines the following year.
          Born in Shreveport, 루이지애나, Langley graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and has served with the Marine Corps since 1985.
            He has commanded at every level and served in multiple continents, being deployed to countries such as Japan and Afghanistan over the course of his career.
            He most recently served as commander of the US Marine Corps Forces Command and Marine Forces Northern Command and as commanding general of Fleet Marine Force Atlantic.

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