Michelle Howard becomes Navy’s first female four-star admiral

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(CNN) — The U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy’s 236-year-history, the White House said Tuesday.

Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, will become deputy chief of naval operations, plans and strategy, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

“Her historic career is taking a next step today,” Earnest said.

Howard’s promotion comes nearly six years after Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody became the U.S. military’s first female four-star officer.

Howard, a 1982 graduate of the Naval Academy, made history when she commanded the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore in 1999, Earnest said.

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    • Russell

      Permanent upset of the glass ceiling that previous presidential administrations did with our Military.

    • Finis

      People work hard and give a life time of service. What have you done. Your an embarrassment to my country because of your blind hate women and minorities have to work twice as hard then when we achive some clown like you belittles it.

  • Mo Fiscal conservatism

    Not bad, but I see every liberal on here giving Obama the credit. Most of the good things that happened while he’s been our lapdog president, happened in spite of him.

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