The United States named a new Full Admiral in Washington, D.C. Friday–and it’s an African American woman. She’s will be the first ever female in Naval history to win a fourth star assuming the Senate approves President Obama’s nomination. The Navy announced her nomination in an official release.
Vice admiral Michelle Howard,53, is currently the deputy chief of naval operations, plans, and strategy.She will serve as the Navy’s second ranking officer, vice chief of naval operations, just a single step below the Navy’s top officer, the chief of naval operations.
According to Time.com, more people on her command of ship were more surprised about her race than about her gender. ‘For some of the sailors, it was a big deal—not because of the woman thing, but because of the African-American thing,’ she told Time.
Although when asked about whether she faces racism within the service she responded, ‘Sexism within the service, and racism outside the service.’
‘Maybe that’s because we started to integrate the officer corps starting at the end of World War II, as far as race was concerned,’she explained.
‘I literally had people coming up, wanting to have their picture taken with me—this is the first time this has happened, where a minority woman has had command of a ship,’ she continued.
14 years ago when Howard commanded the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore out of San Diego she told Time, ‘Someday, sure, they’ll be a woman CNO.
This is not the first time Michelle Howard has been in the public eye. Back in October Yahoo News did a story on Howard and about how she was challenged in 2009 when she was faced with combatant Somali Pirates in the Arabian Sea when she was commander of the ship the U.S.S Boxer.
The ships captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage and it was her job to get him back. Howard spent two days trying to peacefully end the standoff. Finally a team of Navy SEALS shot the pirates on board the lifeboat and brought Captain Phillips back to safety.
The story became the 2013 film ‘Captain Phillips’ starring Tom Hanks. Howard is the true hero behind the scenes.
‘ (via DailyMail )