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Michelle Howard is Navy’s 1st Four-Star Woman

Congratulations to Michelle Howard!

The officer became the Navy’s first female and African-American four-star admiral during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.

According to the Washington Post, Howard will become the No. 2 officer in the service. Previously, Howard “was the first African-American woman to serve as a three-star officer in the U.S. military and command a U.S. Navy ship.”

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had this to say about Howard’s promotion:

“She is also a great example of how much we as a nation and a Navy lose if we put artificial barriers in,” Mabus told a crowd of about 150 people. “If we don’t judge people based on their ability, based on their capability. I hope I have always been passionate about that, but I know the intensity has increased since I am the father of three daughters, and I refuse to believe that there are any ceilings for them, glass or otherwise. That they can get to wherever their abilities can take them. And with that, they and countless others in the Navy now have a wonderful role model in Michelle Howard.”

Read the full story HERE.