'I am not here by mistake, because it was time to put a girl here. I was the right person for the job.'
-- U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Lori Reynolds (right), a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, on the post that she took up in June: Commanding General at Parris Island, the South Carolina depot described as a "sandy, swampy spit of land that has transformed rawboned recruits into macho Marines for nearly a century" in the Washington Post article in which the quote at top appears. (A 2007 account of Parris Island history is here.) The Post article places Reynolds' appointment in the context of rapid changes in the military; our posts on some of those changes may be found here.