Michelle Janine Howard
First African-American woman three starVice Admiral, US Navy
Michelle is the first to command a US Navy ship, and to command an expeditionary strike group at sea. She was the female graduate of the US Naval Academy to attain flag officer rank; and the first in her graduating class, male or female, to attain flag officer rank. Her most recent assignment was as chief of staff to the director for strategic plans and policy for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. She was nominated by President Obama to become vice admiral April 12 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 24, 2012.
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