July 1, 2014: Michelle Howard became the 1st woman promoted to the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history.
The ceremony took place at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Michelle Janine Howard is a United States Navy admiral who currently serves as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5).
Howard has achieved many historical firsts throughout her naval career:
⚓She was the 1st African-American woman to achieve three star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.
⚓She was the 1st woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy.
⚓She was the 1st African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Rushmore.
⚓She is the 1st female Vice Chief for Naval Operations.
⚓In 2006, she was selected for the rank of rear admiral (lower half),making her the 1st admiral selected from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1982 and the 1st female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy selected for flag rank.
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