On Tuesday, for the first time US navy has appointed a female as admiral and promoted to fourth star rank. US Navy declared that Adm. Michelle Howard will relieve Adm. Mark E. Ferguson as Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
During the ceremony, Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy said, “Michelle Howard’s promotion to the rank of admiral is the result of a brilliant naval career, one I fully expect to continue when she assumes her new role as vice chief of naval operations, but also it is an historic first, an event to be celebrated as she becomes the first female to achieve this position,”
Howard accomplished her naval career successfully for the span of 32 years. She was 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In the year 1999, she became the first African American to command a US navy ship – USS Rushmore. She successfully led Amphibious Squadron Seven, Expeditionary Strike Group Two and the international counter-piracy group Task Force 151. In the year 2008, US military appointed Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody as first female military commander and promoted her with fourth star.