Angela Salinas is a retired Major General of the US Marine Corps. She was the first Hispanic woman to become a US Marine Corps general officer and the sixth woman in the Marine Corps to reach the rank of brigadier general. She was also the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station and the first woman to serve as a recruiting district commanding officer. Within 39 years of service, Salinas was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and was the highest ranking female officer in the Marines when she retired in 2013.
Raised by two Mexican immigrants, Salinas was the first in her family to graduate from college. She began her military career when she enlisted into the Marine Corps in May 1974. Following recruit training at Parris Island, S.C., she served as a legal services clerk until 1977 when she was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and commissioned a second lieutenant in December 1977.
She has commanded at every rank and has served in a variety of staff positions throughout the Marine Corps. In June 1989, Brigadier General Salinas assumed command of Recruiting Station Charleston where she became the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station. In June 1992, she became the first woman assigned as a combat service support ground monitor responsible for the assignments of over 1000 senior officers. She was the first female assigned as a plans and policy officer for a major combatant command in 1999, and in May 2001 when she assumed command of the 12th Marine Corps District, became the first woman to serve as a recruiting district commanding officer. She is the first woman to command the Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region in San Diego, CA.
Brigadier General Salinas is a 1976 graduate of Dominican College of San Rafael, CA, where she received her B.A. in history. She received her Master's from the Naval War College in 1992. She is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Naval War College's Command and Staff College and the Army War College.