UNH graduate featured in Time magazine multimedia project

Union Leader Correspondent
September 13. 2017 9:01AM

U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson at this year's graduation ceremony at UNH. (Courtesy)

DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire graduate known as the first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. combat command is pictured on the cover of Time magazine.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, who graduated in 1981, is featured in Firsts — a multimedia project put together by Time — which includes online video interviews and a book.

Robinson is “The Commander” on a list of 46 women who are changing the world.

The list includes Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, Ellen DeGeneres, Aretha Franklin, Melinda Gates, Selena Gomez, Rachel Maddow, Danica Patrick, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Phan, Barbara Walters, Serena Williams and Oprah Winfrey.

During her video interview for Firsts, Robinson spoke about being the first female officer to lead a major unified combat command in the history of the United States armed forces.

Gen. Lori Robinson and UNH President Mark Huddleston smile at the college's graduation ceremony this spring. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

“I recognize I have done something different. I’ve done something that no other woman has done and then I go, ‘OK, now get on with your job,’” Robinson said in the Time interview. 

Robinson was named to Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2016. At UNH’s spring graduation ceremony this year, Robinson was the keynote speaker; she encouraged graduates to serve others.

UNH President Mark Huddleston released a statement about Robinson’s recent achievement.

“We are very proud of Gen. Robinson and her role as the first woman to lead a major U.S. combatant command. She was an extraordinarily inspiring speaker for our graduating students in 2017. It is fitting that this distinguished Wildcat is being recognized in this way,” Huddleston said.

Robinson currently serves as commander of the U.S. Northern Command and commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. She is the highest-ranking woman in U.S. military history.

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