Navy Names First Woman to Make Four-Star Admiral

Posted July 2, 2014 at 8:02am

Navy Times reports that “when Adm. Michelle Howard thought about who to thank first during her speech at a Tuesday ceremony marking her promotion to four-star and her assuming duties as the Navy’s number two officer, the list was long.”  

“But in the end, she settled on supply corps top officer Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen and Navy Exchange executive Rob Bianchi.”  

“’If you don’t believe today was a first, when I called to order four-star shoulder boards for women, they didn’t exist,’ Howard said. ‘A special contract was let, and you folks are seeing the first set in the history of the United States Navy.’”  

“The ceremony, held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, made Howard the first woman to make four-star admiral. On Tuesday afternoon, she will assume duties as the vice chief of naval operations.”