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When she took charge of Camp Lejeune, N.C., a year ago, Marine Col. Adele Hodges knew she had to acknowledge that she was the first woman and the first African-American to command the base of expeditionary forces.

“I’m about 5 feet 3 inches,” Hodges says, “so, in my inauguration speech, I said: ‘Yes, the rumors are true. I’m short. I’m probably the shortest person ever to command Camp Lejeune.’

“I don’t want to command as a female commander. I just want to be the best commander of Camp Lejeune. That’s my only goal.”

-- Adapted from “Lessons We Have Learned,” Holly Peterson and Barbara Kantrowitz, Newsweek.

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