Navy Gets First Four-Star Female Admiral

    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 01: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (L) congratulates Adm. Michelle Howard after putting on her fourth star during her promotion ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial on July 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Howard is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of admiral in the history of the Navy and will assume the duties and responsibilities as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from Adm. Mark Ferguson. (Photo by Peter D. Lawlor/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)


    Tuesday was a historic day for the U.S. Navy as Adm. Michelle Janine Howard became the branch’s highest-ranking female in history and the first to get four stars. Howard has had a trailblazing career—in 1999, she was the first black woman to command a ship. She is now taking on the role of vice chief of naval operations, making her the No. 2 officer in the Navy. “Her accomplishment is a direct example of a Navy that now, more than ever, reflects the nation it serves—a nation where success is not borne of race, gender, or religion, but of skill and ability,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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