American military history was made yesterday as Vice Adm. Michelle Howard became the first female to become a four star Admiral in Naval history. The U.S. Navy’s is 236 years old.
Howard was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship. She graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1992. Howard is 54.
“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 yesterday.
Six years ago Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody was promoted to become the the U.S. military’s first female four-star officer.