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Brigadier General Angela Salinas is the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diegomarker. BGen Salinas assumed command on August 4, 2006, becoming the first woman to command the Recruit Depot. On August 2, 2006, Salinas became the first Hispanic female to become a United States Marine Corps general officer, and the sixth female in the Marine Corps to reach the rank of brigadier general.

Marine Corps career

Angela Salinas began her military career at Parris Islandmarker, South Carolina, after she enlisted 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 Pendletonmarker, California, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Alameda, California, and the inspector-instructor staff, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, San Antonio, Texasmarker.

In 1977, she was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Program and commissioned a second lieutenant after graduation from Dominican College of San Rafael, California with a B.A. in History. She was subsequently assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Pointmarker, North Carolina, and served as a legal services officer.

In 1980, Salinas 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, she assumed command of Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion until 1987, when she became the deputy G-1, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California.

In 1988, Salinas was transferred to serve as the executive officer, Recruiting Station Charleston, West Virginiamarker. In 1989, she assumed command of the Recruiting Station. In 1992, she served as a combat service support ground monitor, Manpower Management and Officer Assignments, Navy Annex, Washington D. C.

In 1993, she became Deputy, Special Assistant for General/Flag Officer Matters, Office of the Director, Joint Staff at the Pentagonmarker. In 1996, Col. Salinas assumed command of the 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island.

In 1999, she served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5, for III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawamarker, Japanmarker. 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, Quantico, Virginia.

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. On August 4, 2006, BGen Salinas assumed command of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. She is due to transfer to Marine Corps Base Quanticomarker in August 2009.

BGen Salinas holds Bachelor's Degree in history from Dominican University of Californiamarker and a master’s degree from the Naval War Collegemarker. She is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Naval War College’s Command and Staff College and the Army War Collegemarker.


Her personal decorations include:
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 & Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 1 award star Army Commendation Medal
Navy & 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

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