History Made: Michelle Howard Become Navy’s First Female Admiral

Monday was event for celebration as the United States Navy appointed Michelle Howard to the ranks of Admiral making her the first woman in US history to do so. Her also being a woman of color makes this even more of a cause to take note.

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Along with her new rank and four star shoulder bars, Howard will also take on the post of Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the second highest position in the Navy.

Howard, no stranger to making history, was the first black woman to command a Navy ship.

Howard was promoted to her new rank during a ceremony held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

“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,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “But also, it is an historic first, an event to be celebrated as she becomes the first female to achieve this position.

Howard was raised in Colorado, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, and has been breaking down barriers and busting through glass ceilings ever since.

Her earliest tours were aboard the USS Hunley and the USS Lexington. During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, she served as chief engineer aboard the USS Mount Hood. Howard served as executive officer of the USS Tortuga when the ship supported peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia. She made history as the first African-American woman to command a ship in 1999 (the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore) before going on to command Amphibious Squadron 7 and later Expeditionary Strike Group 2. [Source]

Congratulations to her and kudos to her example that dedication and hard work can remove barriers, just because a Black woman hasn’t done it before doesn’t mean it can’t be done when certain Black women ignore social limitations.

 

12 comments
dani-BBW
dani-BBW

I watched Captain Phillips last night and had completely forgotten that she was responsible for the safe return of the captain. I wonder if it's really her voice in the film, it sounds a lot like her.

tonyrog
tonyrog

Michell Howard and husband.

Geekette221B
Geekette221B

Admiral! What a notable accomplishment. Well done, ma'am.

dani-BBW
dani-BBW

Amazing, great news! I saw her speak in person a few years ago, and I completely appreciated her journey. She credited her father's influence a lot with her rise in the military.

Ariesgirl1418
Ariesgirl1418

Yes I'm very familair with her she was honored on the BET program Black girl Rocks!!

mzsunshine
mzsunshine

Wow, another historic accomplishment by a black woman.:-)

anzidavis
anzidavis

Congrats to Michelle Howard, well deserved

WendyH
WendyH

I saw this yesterday afternoon and emailed the story to everyone I knew.  Very proud of her!!!!!!!!!!!!

International_Responder
International_Responder

just because a Black woman hasn't done it before doesn't mean it can’t be done when certain Black women ignore social limitations" ........@tracyreneejones so right.  Amazing what one can achieve when free of the mental shackles that accompany living according to others or societies opinions regarding gender, race, nationality etc. 

chocolateadmiral
chocolateadmiral

THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU  Tracy Renee Jones for posting on monday the promotion of Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard to the position of Vice CNO.

Many may overlook the significance this achievment , but put into perspective...if she gets her next most logical promotion to CNO ( Chief of Naval Operations) she will join only two other black general officers :Gen. Colin Powell who became Chief of Staff of the Army,and eventually Chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff, and Gen. Frank Jones: Commandant of the U.S.Marine Corps to command major segments of the U.S. Armrd Forces. ,and she would be in line to capture Gen. Powell's old job as Chairman of the Joint Chief's position...the military's most powerful position.

This is SIGNIFICANT !!!. I hope you'll join me in celebrating this achievment of this extraordinary black woman.....as a navy guy, I'M SO VERY PROUD OF HER !!!

    Thanks again Tracy for posting.

tracyreneejones
tracyreneejones

@chocolateadmiral Oh, goodness!! I can feel your enthusiasm coming through the screen. Indeed, I love to promote those going against the grain and making great strides where others have not gone before. 


I sometimes notice the tone of the board can be one of limitations and apprehension because things aren't commonly done or have not been done by Black women, to those who move through life under the radar I wish them well. 


Those who don't mind a little elbow grease and bruises (because breaking ceilings and wrestling demons comes with battle scars) will continue to push, pull on behalf of race and/or gender. I'm of the latter breed of woman. 

And my grandpappy is a honored military vet...so...this is family news to me also :) 

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