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The top US admiral in the Indo-Pacific region told lawmakers Tuesday that the Chinese military fired multiple carrier killer missiles into the South China Sea last year to send an “unmistakable message” about its ability to threaten American aircraft carriers.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Monday announced the nominations of two female generals for promotion to four-star commands, hailing the nominees as “two outstanding and eminently qualified warriors and patriots.”
The president nominated Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost of the Air Force to be commander of the United States Transportation Command, and Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson of the Army to be commander of the United States Southern Command. The nominations come on International Women’s Day, Biden noted in remarks at the White House.
“Once confirmed, they will become the second and third women in the history of the United States armed forces to lead combatant commands,” Biden said at the event, joined by Richardson, Van Ovost, Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
“Each of these women have led careers demonstrating incomparable skill, integrity and duty to country, and at every step, they’ve also helped push open the doors of opportunity to women in our military, blazing the trail a little wider, a little brighter for all proud women following in their path and looking to their example,” Biden added.
According to The New York Times, Pentagon leaders held back the nominations of Van Ovost and Richardson until after the November presidential election for fear that then-President Donald Trump would reject them because they are women.
“They were chosen because they were the best officers for the jobs, and I didn’t want their promotions derailed because someone in the Trump White House saw that I recommended them or thought DOD was playing politics,” former defense secretary Mark Esper told The New York Times last month. “This was not the case. They were the best qualified. We were doing the right thing.”