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CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright is becoming the first female senior enlisted leader of a Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Wright is scheduled to take over Friday in a 1 p.m. ceremony from Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos Jr., who leaves the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit after two deployments.

The MEU is composed of some 2,300 Marines who are organized in a command element, a ground combat element, an aviation combat element and a logistics combat element. It is a primary Marine Corps crisis response organization.

Marine Corps spokesman Staff Sgt. R.L. Fisher says Wright’s advancement builds on the first deployment of females to MEUs in the mid-1990s, when berthing spaces were converted for women aboard amphibious assault ships.

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  • GuestUSMC

    Sergeant Major Wright, here’s wishing you best of luck in your new position. Semper Fi.

  • sasquach

    Nice to see this among all the gang related violence articles. Blacks have just as much opportunity (or more) than white kids nowadays, there is no excuse. This woman is a fine example for all blacks and women.

  • jackson

    You are so right. There is plenty of good news to report but they only choose to show bad

  • lucas klein

    Oooorrrraaaahhhhh Sergeant Major!

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