Loretta Reynolds

Loretta Eleanor "Lori" Reynolds[1] is a lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps. She is the third woman to earn that rank in the US Marine Corps.

Loretta E. Reynolds
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Reynolds in July 2018
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1986–present
RankUS Marine O9 shoulderboard.svg Lieutenant General
Commands heldMCRD Parris Island
9th Communication Battalion
USMC Cyberspace Command
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Early life and educationEdit

She attended the Seton Keough High School in Baltimore, MD, an all-girls Catholic school whose motto was "sending forth women of honor."[citation needed] She was commissioned by the Marine Corps in May 1986 as a recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy.[1][2] She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.


Reynolds talking to a U.S. Marine colonel in June 2014.


As a communications officer, Reynolds was initially assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. She was later assigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan, where she was the Detachment Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. From September 1991 until June 1994, Reynolds was a Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command.

From July 1994 to May 1995, she attended the Command and Control Systems Course at Marine Corps University and went on to serve as a Candidate Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School in Quantico. In September 1995, Reynolds returned to Camp Pendleton to serve with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group. While there, she served as Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company.


From June 1997 to June 2000, Reynolds commanded the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From August 2000 until June 2001, she attended the Naval War College. Afterwards, Reynolds was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps. There, she served as Action Officer and Deputy Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Department from June 2001 to May 2003.

Reynolds assumed command of the 9th Communication Battalion on June 8, 2003. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Fallujah, Iraq in February 2004 and returned to the United States in March 2005. During this deployment she was responsible for providing communications and IT support for I MEF. Reynolds later attended the U.S. Army War College and graduated in 2006. From 2006 to 2008 she served as a Desk Officer in Current Operations Division and as a Division Chief at the Joint Staff, J6 in Washington, D.C.

In March 2009, Reynolds assumed command of the I MEF Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton. She deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan from March 2010 to March 2011, where the Group supported the efforts of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province.


Reynolds orating before the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in April 2013

In 2011 she took charge of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.[3] In September 2015, she assumed command of Marine Corps Cyberspace Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.[4] In May 2018, Reynolds was nominated for promotion to lieutenant general[5] and assignment as deputy Marine Corps commandant for information and commander of Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command.[6]

In July 2018, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps promoted her to lieutenant general.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Tweet announcing her promotion". Twitter. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Official Biography: Brigadier General Loretta E. Reynolds". Archived 2012-03-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Susanne M. Schafer. "Historic Marine base gets 1st-ever female general". Associated Press.
  4. ^ Hirsch, Rona S. (9 September 2015). "MARFORCYBER Change of Command". ftmeadesoundoff.com. Ft Meade Sound Off. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ "PN1998 — Maj. Gen. Loretta E. Reynolds — Marine Corps". U.S. Congress. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Marine Forces Cyberspace Command Change of Command ceremony". Defense Media Activity. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.