Angela Salinas

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Angela Salinas
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Salinas at Quantico in May 2010
BornDecember 6, 1953 (1953-12-06) (age 65)
Alice, Texas, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1974–2013
RankUS Marine O8 shoulderboard.svg Major general
Commands heldRecruiting Station Charleston, MCRD San Diego
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Angela Salinas (born December 6, 1953) is an American retired general in the United States Marine Corps.[1] She was the first woman to command a Marine Corps Recruit Depot, and the first Hispanic woman to become a general in the Marines.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Salinas was born on December 6, 1953, in Alice, Texas, the youngest of five children to native Texan parents.[1] She is a descendant of one of the first civilian settlers in Texas, granted a Porción by Spain in 1767.


Salinas in 2013 interview
BGen Salinas restates her oath on promotion to the rank of Brigadier General.

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[5] 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 a Deputy, a 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.

On August 2, 2006, Salinas was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.[2] 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.[6][7] In March 2010, she was selected for promotion to major general,[7] and promoted on May 12.[8]

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, 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.

Awards and decorations[edit]

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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[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hispanics in America's Defense. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Defense. 1990. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-160-18051-4.
  2. ^ a b Keeran, August 2, 2006.
  3. ^ Gordon, Sarah (August 5, 2006). "Marines name first woman to post". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  4. ^ "Female general takes over Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego", Marine Corps Times, August 4, 2006.
  5. ^ "Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP)". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2006-08-05.
  6. ^ Labbe, J.R. (June 27, 2009). "A life becomes an example". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2009-06-27.[dead link]
  7. ^ a b "11 generals nominated for second star". Marine Corps Times. March 31, 2010. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  8. ^ Moses, Cpl. Meloney R. (May 18, 2010). "Woman Marine pins on second star". Marine Corps Base Quantico: United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.

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