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Michelle Howard became first female four-star admiral in US Navy

Jul 3, 2014 12:25 IST

Michelle HowardMichelle Howard became the first female four-star admiral in US Navy. She is the first women admiral in 236 year old history of US Navy.

Vice-Admiral Michelle was promoted to the highest rank of four-star admiral at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in US on 1 July 2014. The Promotion ceremony was presided over by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Howard is perhaps best known for leading Task Force 151, which oversaw counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden conducted in April 2009 to rescue captured Capitan Richard Phillips by Somali pirates.

About Michelle Howard
• Michelle was born in 1960 in US.
• She was the first African Women to achieve three star rank in US Armed Forces and first African-American woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the US Navy.
• She is also the first African American woman to command a ship, the amphibious, dock-loading ship, Rushmore, in 1999.
• She was the first female graduate of the US Naval Academy selected for flag rank in 2006.
• She is the first African-American and the first female Vice Chief for Naval Operations.

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