April Langwell
April Langwell

April Langwell has joined the Marine Corps as the first civilian director of its communications directorate at the Pentagon.

She will serve as the Corps' lead PR strategist, responsible for planning and implementing communications/visual information and handling public outreach to foster trust in the service.

Langwell also will direct programs related to Marine Music programs and serve as the Navy's deputy chief of information for Marine Corps' issues.

Prior to the Corps, Langwell did an eight-year public affairs stint at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's San Diego office and a two-year run as PA director for the Navy's southwest region.

Most recently, she was PA chief for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

General Eric Smith, Assistant Commandant of the Marines, said the Corps is enthusiastic about gaining the leadership and experience of Langwell.

"It's imperative that the Corps continues to actively engage with the public through multimedia and outreach programs, and I remain confident the Marine Corps will truly benefit from her insight and strategic communication background," he said.