The Marine Corps has appointed its first female Sergeant Major to a Military Expeditionary Unit. Sergeant Major Lanette N. Wright is now the 24th MEU's Sgt. Maj. at Camp Lejeune.
It’s given military women like Sgt. Casey Bond hope that they too can reach higher ranks.
"It’s an honor to be with this unit right now and not only is it a big deal for a female Sgt. Maj. at this level, but it’s also my first time working with a female Sgt. Maj.,” Bond said.
Sgt. Maj. Wright’s family watched as Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos, Jr. passed the non-commissions officer's sword to the new 24th MEU Sgt. Major during Friday’s ceremony.
While Sgt. Maj. Wright said it’s a great honor, she was not focused on her gender.
“I don't want to make this about women's issues,” said Sgt. Maj. Wright. “It’s about being a marine and taking this opportunity to serve the corps at a higher level."
Sgt. Maj. Wright served in the Marine Corps for 25 years before this promotion.
MEU's or Marine Expeditionary Units are forces that deploy around the world aboard U.S. Naval Ships. There are six MEU’s in the military. Sgt. Maj. Wright is the first female to serve as a Sgt. Maj. on any MEU.