General Robinson has been named the head of the U.S. military's Northern Command. Reuters

U.S. Air ForceGeneralLori Robinson has been selected as the next head of the U.S. military's NorthernCommand, which would make her thefirstwomanto head a U.S.combatantcommand, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.

The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is one of the most senior in the U.S. military and would make Robinson -- who nowleads U.S. air forces in the Pacific -- the topgeneraloverseeing activities in North America.

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"GeneralRobinson, it just so happens, would also be thefirstever femalecombatantcommander," Carter told an event in Washington hosted by Politico.

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