The Navy’s First Female Four-Star Admiral Is A Woman of Color

On July 1, 2014, Michelle Janine Howard made history when she became the Navy’s FIRST EVER female four-star admiral, the service’s highest rank. The ceremony was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon.

She will now serve as the vice chief of naval operations, making her the #2 admiral in the Navy. She has served an honorable 32 years in the Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982.

No stranger to making history, Howard became the first African American woman to command a Navy ship in 1999.

We salute her and all she’s done for our country.