Marines get historic new CIO, Lorna Mahlock

Mahlock was the first African-American woman nominated to serve as a brigadier general in the Marine Corps, and now she's the Corps' first female CIO.
U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Control Group 18 listen to Colonel Lorna Mahlock, commanding officer, MACG-18, during Exercise Valiant Shield 16, Sept. 14, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Makenzie Fallon)

The Marine Corps has quietly named a historic new CIO.

Lorna Mahlock — the first African-American woman nominated to serve as a brigadier general in the Marine Corps — is now also the service’s director of command, control, communications and computers (C4), and CIO.

Mahlock is also the Corps’ first female CIO, taking over the role in late May, her office confirmed to FedScoop.

Mahlock’s story received national coverage in the media in April after she was nominated for the promotion to brigadier general. Since then, the Senate confirmed her, but news of her appointment as Marine Corps CIO has gone uncovered.


Mahlock’s official promotion date is set for Aug. 3, and until then, her official title is brigadier general “select.”

Prior to taking over the Marines C4/CIO role, which sits under the leadership of the recently consolidated Department of the Navy CIO, Mahlock served as deputy director of plans, policy and operations, and commanding officer of the Marine Air Control Group 18 in Okinawa, Japan.

Mahlock, a native of Jamaica, was commissioned into the Marines in 1991 after immigrating to Brooklyn, New York.

She replaces Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, who left the CIO role in February to serve in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as principal deputy cyber adviser at the Pentagon. Since then, Ken Bible, the deputy CIO, has been serving in an acting capacity.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his journalism degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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