A First: African American Marine Promoted to 4-Star General

Gen. Michael E. Langley was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up at military bases as his father served in the Air Force.

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FILE - Lt. Gen. Michael Langley speaks during a Senate Armed Services hearing to examine the nominations at the Capitol Hill, on July 21, 2022, in Washington. Langley was promoted to The Marine Corps' first African American four-star general during a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6, at Marine Corps Barracks Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first African American four-star general in Marine Corps history, Gen. Michael E. Langley, credited his father with telling him to “aim high” and predicted that his promotion on Saturday would have an impact on younger people. Langley was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up at military bases as his father served in the Air Force. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, he was commissioned a second lieutenant…

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