MILITARY

Senate confirms first female officer for warfighting command

  • FILE - In this March 8, 2016 file photo, Gen. Lori Robinson speaks to reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. The Senate has confirmed an Air Force general to be the first female officer to lead one of the military's warfighting commands. By voice vote late Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Senate approved Robinson to be commander of U.S. Northern Command. The command is responsible for preventing attacks against the U.S. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk, File)

    FILE - In this March 8, 2016 file photo, Gen. Lori Robinson speaks to reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. The Senate has confirmed an Air Force general to be the first female officer to lead one of the military's warfighting commands. By voice vote late Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Senate approved Robinson to be commander of U.S. Northern Command. The command is responsible for preventing attacks against the U.S. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 17, 2003 file photo, U.S. Army Gen. Vincent Brooks speaks during a news conference at the Central Command Center in Doha, Qatar. The Senate confirmed Brooks to lead U.S. forces in Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Lewis, File)

    FILE - In this April 17, 2003 file photo, U.S. Army Gen. Vincent Brooks speaks during a news conference at the Central Command Center in Doha, Qatar. The Senate confirmed Brooks to lead U.S. forces in Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Lewis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - in this April 26, 2014 file photo, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti speaks at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea. The Senate confirmed Army Scaparrotti to be the top American commander in Europe.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    FILE - in this April 26, 2014 file photo, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti speaks at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea. The Senate confirmed Army Scaparrotti to be the top American commander in Europe. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Senate has confirmed an Air Force general to be the first female officer to lead one of the military's warfighting commands.

By voice vote late Thursday, the Senate approved Gen. Lori Robinson to be commander of U.S. Northern Command. The command is responsible for preventing attacks against the United States.

She has been serving as commander of Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii. She joined the Air Force in 1982 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says Robinson is a trailblazer with the dedication and experience to succeed at Northern Command.

The Senate also confirmed Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti to be the top American commander in Europe and Army Gen. Vincent Brooks to lead U.S. forces in Korea.