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Michelle Howard Promoted to Admiral

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of Admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of Admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s first female nominated to the rank of Admiral received her fourth star in a ceremony at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. on Tuesday morning.

Adm. Michelle Howard, a carrer surface warfare officer and former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), will relieve Adm. Mark E. Ferguson as Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) later today.

“Michelle Howard’s promotion to the rank of admiral is the result of a brilliant naval career, one I fully expect to continue when she assumes her new role as vice chief of naval operations, but also it is an historic first, an event to be celebrated as she becomes the first female to achieve this position,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said during the ceremony. “Her accomplishment is a direct example of a Navy that now, more than ever, reflects the nation it serves — a nation where success is not born of race, gender or religion, but of skill and ability.”

“Michelle’s many trailblazing accomplishments in her 32 years of naval service are evidence of both her fortitude and commitment to excellence and integrity,” CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert said during the ceremony. “I look forward to many great things to come from the Navy’s newest four-star admiral.”

Howard is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served primarily in amphibious ships during her sea tours.

In 1999, Howard became the first African American woman to command a Navy ship — USS Rushmore (LSD-47). She also led Amphibious Squadron Seven, Expeditionary Strike Group Two and the international counter-piracy group Task Force 151.

Ferguson, in turn, has been nominated to command the U.S. Navy’s forces in Europe, Africa and lead Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy.

In 2008 U.S. Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody became the first female officer in U.S. military history to earn a fourth star.

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  • Secundius

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  • OLDNAVYVET

    2 star (upper half) to 4 star in 23 months! Commanded “1” ship in 32 years! It took Nimitz 3 1/2 years to do the same and he was an O-6 for over 11 years. She must be a “Super Star!”

  • disqus_89uuCprLIv

    When an officer is promoted to 4 star flag rank with a career such as ADMIRAL Howard’s while numerous other senior flags have taken the onerous career risks demanded of carrier, cruiser, destroyer and submarine operators and been bypassed, there is a natural assumption that PC considerations have driven the promotion.

    The Obama administration has awarded itself dozens of “firsts” to enhance it’s appeal to voters. The weight ADMIRAL Howard will always carry now is the suspicion that she was promoted to make a “first” rather than having been the best professional naval officer of the possible 4 star selectees.

    In this case the Navy gets a “twofer! ”

    After ADMIRAL Greenert’s admonishment to the Naval War College not to rile the Chinese by openly discussing postulated threats China poses for the USN, his judgment is questionable. Promoting an African-American female over her peers appears to be a move to placate the Administration.

    Once senior naval officers faced down Executive Politicians but since all service senior leaders are “approved” by the Administration and Congress any who have publicly advocated ideas unpalatable to the political leadership, are non-selectees.

    Any senior officer having commanded forces in combat or classified operations with decisions made under pressure and balancing risk vs gain who has not been thrown under the PC bus by political appointees in executive positions still has to compete with and lose out to the latest PC selectee.

    Supreme Court Judges are routinely administered social “litmus tests” by Congress and not approved if they fail. Now the services are apparently being subjected to the same sort of political testing.

    Of late, we have not seen senior naval leaders with the testosterone to resist what is absolutely wrong for the Nation’s defense. Not one Service Chief opposed sequestration strongly enough to resign or retire rather than concur with it.

    The selection process culls the Warfighters out before they can be promoted into rank/position where they might confront their seniors in the services or the Executive Branch. So now we have the PC Navy!