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US Gets First Female Four-Star Admiral

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, puts four-star shoulder boards on Admiral Michelle Howard's uniform during her promotion ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, July 1, 2014.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, puts four-star shoulder boards on Admiral Michelle Howard's uniform during her promotion ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, July 1, 2014.
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The U.S. Navy has named its first female four-star admiral, the highest rank achievable in the service.

Michelle Howard was promoted Tuesday at a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon.

She will serve as the vice chief of naval operations, the second-highest admiral in the Navy behind General Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations.

In 1999, Howard became the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship.

Howard has served 32 years in the Navy since graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982.

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by: Jack from: Sacramento
July 02, 2014 12:04 AM
Really? The CNO is a general? That army, I tell ya. They are taking over everything.


by: Cian from: Canada
July 01, 2014 11:43 PM
Her achievements are beyond remarkable. The stigma of female and african american, combined in the military, especially at leadership levels. I want to read her book on how she got there, and the BS she had to put up with, the clever political wrangling, and the difficult choices that sink many other ships in her class. No words describe this achievement. Awesome is all I got.


by: Nancy from: Los Angeles
July 01, 2014 8:19 PM
You go girl. Right On

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