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Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley is set to make history as the first black four-star general in the Marine Corps

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Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley answered questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, July 21, and is now set to be confirmed as the first Black four-star general in the U.S. Marines’ 246-year history. The confirmation would also mean he assumes command of all U.S. military forces in Africa.

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He has commanded at all levels during his 37-year career and served overseas in Afghanistan (during the war), Somalia, and Okinawa. He has held senior jobs at the Pentagon and the military’s Central Command. He assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa last year.

President Biden nominated Lt. Gen. Langley for the promotion in June.

Commanding General Lieutenant General Michael E. Langley assumed the duties of Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic and Commander, Marine Forces Command, and Marine Forces Northern Command on 3 November 2021.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Lieutenant General Langley graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and was commissioned in 1985.  He commanded at every level from platoon to the regiment – including Battery K, 5thBattalion, 11th Marines in support of Operations WILDFIRE in the Western United States; battalion and regimental commands in 12th Marines forward deployed in Okinawa, Japan; and both the 201st Regional Corps Advisory Command-Central and Regional Support Command – Southwest in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. 

As a General Officer, his command assignments include Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and Commanding General, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade; Commander, Marine Forces Europe, and Africa; and Deputy Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, and Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Command and Marine Forces Northern Command.

Lieutenant General Langley’s staff and joint assignments include serving as a division officer for Marine Corps Institute, Marine Barracks 8th and I; Deputy G-1, 1st Marine Division deployed in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia; Naval Surface Fire Support Requirements Officer in the Expeditionary Warfare Division (N75) and Joint Integration Officer in the Surface Warfare Division (N76), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; policy action officer in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J-5; Iraq Desk Officer in the Joint Staff Response Cell, J-3 Operations Directorate; Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Assessments Branch Head, Programs and Resources, Headquarters, Marine Corps; Assistant Division Commander of 3d Marine Division; Deputy Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff; Assistant Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, Headquarters, Marine Corps; and Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy, J-5, U.S. Central Command.

Lieutenant General Langley’s formal military education includes U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and College of Naval Command and Staff.  He holds multiple advanced degrees including Masters's in National Security Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Sources: https://www.fwisd.org, https://www.marforcom.marines.mil, https://www.legendsofamerica.com, https://www.tshaonline.org, https://www.TourTylerTexas.org, and https://www.EmpowermentCDC.org

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