Lorna M Mahlock

Loyal reader Isabel M. wrote in about an earlier post, dated April 16, about Marine Col. Lorna M. Mahlock (pictured).

Brig. Gen. retired Sheila Baxter

Yesterday I wrote that President Donald Trump nominated Col. Mahlock for brigadier general. I stated she would become the first black female brigadier general in the military if she is confirmed.

That information was incorrect.

Retired Brigadier General Shiela Baxter was the first black female brigadier general in the U.S. Army. General Baxter retired in 2008 after serving 30 years in the U.S. Army. She was also the first black homecoming queen at Franklin high school. And, in 2005, she was listed as one of Newsweek magazine’s “20 of America’s Most Powerful Women.”

Isabel writes:

You wrote an article about Marine Col. Mahlock being the 1st black female brigadier general. This is not correct. Sheila Baxter was also a black female Brigadier General in the U.S. Army.


  • CrunchyBlack1

    I read it as first marine general. I knew what you meant!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Well she still has her first. She is the first black female Brigadier for the Marine..the toughest branch of the service so I still say OORAH!!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Cool!... STILL. #BlackGirlMagic

  • Faux Gibbler

    Still both accomplished. Here is to many more Black Women going places ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Black Girl Magic still in full effect.

  • Kemi

    I love seeing black women in the position of power. Especially, if they earned it through hard work and dedication. So inspiring

  • Trace da Ace

    My heart fills with joy to see proud black women in positions of power!! It is amazing at what we can do!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Thanks for the update!

  • TheOwley

    Still a cook thing if it happens.

  • zero options

    Thanks for 'fessing up Miss Rose

  • Jethro

    Too busy trying to give Trump props.

  • king shun

    sadly thats not the case most of the time

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Nice job on the update and giving the person that offered the information their credit!

  • teather

    Thanks for sharing both stories. We learn more when we all contribute.

  • ImWoke

    Hats off to both of these phenomenal women.