Lorna M. Mahlock was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Brooklyn, New York where she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. She was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, graduating from Marquette University and was commissioned in December 1991.
When Mahlock was designated as an Air Traffic Control Officer, she earned certifications as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tower Local Controller and a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor. She has commanded and led at various levels globally and in combat including but not limited to: Air Traffic Control Detachment Commander; Executive Officer – 1st Stinger Battery; Director – Marine Corps Instructional Management School; Air Control Officer – G3 Future Operations 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; Company Commander – Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom 1; Operations and Executive Officer – Operation Iraqi Freedom 2; Director – Marine Air Command and Control System Experimental; Commanding Officer – Iraqi Freedom 8; Information Management Officer; J3 Land Operations Lead and Division Executive Officer, Headquarters European Command; Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affairs and Assistant Chief of Staff G6.
In 2018, Mahlock was nominated as Brigadier General and was confirmed in 2019.
She has a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma at Norman, a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies with distinction from the Naval War College, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a Masters Certificate in Information Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School. She also is a graduate of the United Kingdom Defense College Higher Command and Staff.
Mahlock’s awards include Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Good Conduct Medal.