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Angela Salinas

Angela Salinas
Angela Salinas, USMC
Nickname(s) Angie
Born Alice, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1974 - 2013
Rank Major General
Commands held Recruiting Station Charleston, MCRD San Diego
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Major General Angela Salinas, born in Alice, Texas, the youngest of five children to native Texan parents. She is a descendant of one of the first civilian settlers in Texas, granted a Porcion by Spain in 1767.

Major General Salinas was the director of Manpower Management Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps. On August 4, 2006, when she assumed command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, she became the first woman to command the Recruit Depot.[1][2] On August 2, 2006, Salinas became the first Hispanic woman to become a United States Marine Corps general officer, and the sixth woman in the Marine Corps to reach the rank of brigadier general.[3]

MajGen Angela Salinas began her military career at Parris Island after enlisting into the United States Marine Corps on May 1974. She was subsequently assigned as a legal services clerk (MOS 4421) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment in Alameda, and the inspector-instructor staff for 4th Reconnaissance Battalion in San Antonio.

In 1977, Salinas was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program[4] and commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduation from Dominican College of San Rafael with a B.A. in history. She was subsequently assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point and served as a legal services officer. In 1980, she was assigned to Woman Recruit Training Command at Parris Island, where she served as a series commander, executive officer, and battalion operations officer.

In 1986, Salinas assumed command of Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion until 1987, when she became the deputy G-1, 1st Force Service Support Group, both at Camp Pendleton. In 1988, she was transferred to serve as the executive officer for Recruiting Station Charleston, then assumed command the following year. In 1992, she served as a combat service support ground monitor for the Manpower Management and Officer Assignments at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C.

In 1993, Salinas became Deputy, Special Assistant for General/Flag Officer Matters, Office of the Director, Joint Staff at the Pentagon. In 1996, she assumed command of the 4th Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island. In 1999, she served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5, for III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. In 2001, she assumed command of the 12th Marine Corps District. From 2004 to 2006, Salinas served as Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Recruiting Command at Quantico.

BGen Salinas restates her oath on promotion to the rank of Brigadier General.

On August 2, 2006, Salinas was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.[3] On August 4, 2006, she assumed command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. She transferred to direct the manpower management, Manpower and Reserve Affairs at Marine Corps Base Quantico in August 2009.[5][6] In March 2010, she was selected for promotion to major general,[6] and promoted on May 12.[7]

Salinas holds Bachelor's Degree in history from Dominican University of California and a master’s degree from the Naval War College. She is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Naval War College’s Command and Staff College and the Army War College. Salinas accepted the invitation and became an honorary member of Kappa Delta Chi sorority on June 24, 2012 while attending/guest speaking at KDChi's 25th Anniversary Conference in Lubbock, Texas. In 2013, MajGen Salinas retired after 39 years of military service as the highest ranking female in the USMC, at the time of her retirement. Salinas currently resides in Texas.

On July 1, 2015, Salinas became the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, overseeing business operations for the organization that includes 30,000 scouts and adult leaders in a 21-county area with a $5.8 million budget.


Her personal decorations include:
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Defense Superior Service Medal Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 award stars Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 1 award star Army Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 2 award stars Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 service stars National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 1 service star Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon w/ 1 service star Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon w/ 1 service star

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

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  2. ^ "Female general takes over Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego", Marine Corps Times, August 4, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Keeran, August 2, 2006.
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