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Honoring African American Female Naval Trail Blazer Rear Adm. Michelle Howard

Honoring African American Female Naval Trail Blazer Rear Adm. Michelle Howard

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Honoring African American Female Naval Trail Blazer Rear Adm. Michelle Howard

First African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship;

First female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to achieve rank of rear admiral;

First African-American woman to command an Expeditionary Strike Group at sea;

Waves of Change: Lifelong "Trail Blazer" Makes Naval History Again in 2012

The first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard now is first African-American woman to receive a third star

(Norfolk, Virginia) - In the fall of 2012 Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard became the first African-American woman to receive a third star in flag rank and serves as deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command and commander of Task Force (as of Dec. 2012).

Prior duties entrusted to Howard include chief of staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff (August 2010 to July 2012).

In 1978, Howard enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy – her first stop in a round-the-world voyage in a career that would make history in port and on the seas.

Howard became "the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, the first female graduate of the Naval Academy to achieve the rank of rear admiral, and the first African-American woman to command an Expeditionary Strike Group at sea."

"When you look at where society was at the time, this was before there was even a woman on the Supreme Court, before Sally Ride was an astronaut, and it was also only five or six years after we became an all volunteer force in the military, so our society was still going through a lot of changes, Howard told Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phil Beaufort, U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs.

With a self-deprecating laugh Howard said that the Academy wasn't easy, Navy reporter Beaufort wrote in his August 2012 story. In retrospect, she's realized that expecting a smooth sail wouldn't have been very realistic, Beaufort wrote.

Credited with putting Howard's experiences in context was Wesley Brown - the first black Naval Academy graduate in 1949. They met when Howard was a lieutenant commander.

"He talked about how great this country is and how much it has changed; that as the country changed, people changed," Howard said.

"Even though he was the only African-American to attend Annapolis in the 1940s, when he attended reunions he was a member of that class," Howard said.

"What I really learned from him was that he was a man who could forgive and go on with his life. There is a lot of strength in that."

Howard is among the 17 people who were inducted into the 2010 Career Communications Groups (CCG) Alumni Hall of Fame.

In 2009, Howard assumed command of Navy Counter-Piracy Task Force.

As the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, Howard was in charge of several U.S. 5th Fleet task forces known as Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, an international maritime coalition created to disrupt, deter and thwart piracy.

Among Howard's duties was "bridging cultural and international gaps," according to Navy press coverage of her appointment aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) in a story written by John Fage, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs.

"My top priority right now is to deter piracy here in the Gulf of Aden," said Howard, adding she would "continue the extensive international coordination Admiral Terence McKnight started."

"That 's the true key to defeating piracy," Howard said. "Piracy is a

Honoring African American Female Naval Trail Blazer Rear Adm. Michelle Howard

First African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship;

First female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to achieve rank of rear admiral;

First African-American woman to command an Expeditionary Strike Group at sea;

Waves of Change: Lifelong "Trail Blazer" Makes Naval History Again in 2012

The first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard now is first African-American woman to receive a third star

(Norfolk, Virginia) - In the fall of 2012 Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard became the first African-American woman to receive a third star in flag rank and serves as deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command and commander of Task Force (as of Dec. 2012).

Prior duties entrusted to Howard include chief of staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff (August 2010 to July 2012).

In 1978, Howard enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy – her first stop in a round-the-world voyage in a career that would make history in port and on the seas.

Howard became "the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, the first female graduate of the Naval Academy to achieve the rank of rear admiral, and the first African-American woman to command an Expeditionary Strike Group at sea."

"When you look at where society was at the time, this was before there was even a woman on the Supreme Court, before Sally Ride was an astronaut, and it was also only five or six years after we became an all volunteer force in the military, so our society was still going through a lot of changes, Howard told Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phil Beaufort, U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs.

With a self-deprecating laugh Howard said that the Academy wasn't easy, Navy reporter Beaufort wrote in his August 2012 story. In retrospect, she's realized that expecting a smooth sail wouldn't have been very realistic, Beaufort wrote.

Credited with putting Howard's experiences in context was Wesley Brown - the first black Naval Academy graduate in 1949. They met when Howard was a lieutenant commander.

"He talked about how great this country is and how much it has changed; that as the country changed, people changed," Howard said.

"Even though he was the only African-American to attend Annapolis in the 1940s, when he attended reunions he was a member of that class," Howard said.

"What I really learned from him was that he was a man who could forgive and go on with his life. There is a lot of strength in that."

Howard is among the 17 people who were inducted into the 2010 Career Communications Groups (CCG) Alumni Hall of Fame.

In 2009, Howard assumed command of Navy Counter-Piracy Task Force.

As the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, Howard was in charge of several U.S. 5th Fleet task forces known as Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, an international maritime coalition created to disrupt, deter and thwart piracy.

Among Howard's duties was "bridging cultural and international gaps," according to Navy press coverage of her appointment aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) in a story written by John Fage, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs.

"My top priority right now is to deter piracy here in the Gulf of Aden," said Howard, adding she would "continue the extensive international coordination Admiral Terence McKnight started."

"That 's the true key to defeating piracy," Howard said. "Piracy is a

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Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard, center, has her shoulder boards replaced by her husband,Wayne Cowles and her sister, Lisa Teitleman, during an Aug. 24, 2012 promotion ceremony atNaval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia. Howard is the first African-American woman to receive a third star in flag rank and became deputy commander of U.S.Fleet Forces Command and commander of Task Force 20. (U.S. Navy photo by MassCommunication Specialist 1st Class Rafael Martie)
First African-American woman to commanda U.S. Navy warship
First female graduate of the U.S. NavalAcademy to achieve rank of rear admiral
First African-American woman to commandan Expeditionary Strike Group at sea
 
Waves of Change:Lifelong "Trail Blazer"Makes Naval HistoryAgain in 2012
The first African-Americanwoman to command a U.S.Navy warship, Vice AdmiralMichelle Janine Howardnow is first African-American woman to receivea third star
(Norfolk, Virginia) - In the fall of 2012 Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard became the first African-American woman to receive a third star in flag rank and serves as deputy commander of the U.S. FleetForces Command and commander of Task Force (as of Dec. 2012).Prior duties entrusted to Howard include chief of staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5,Joint Staff (August 2010 to July 2012).In 1978, Howard enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy – her first stop in a round-the-world voyage in a
 
career that would make history in port and on the seas.Howard became "the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, the first femalegraduate of the Naval Academy to achieve the rank of rear admiral, and the first African-Americanwoman to command an Expeditionary Strike Group at sea.""When you look at where society was at the time, this was before there was even a woman on theSupreme Court, before Sally Ride was an astronaut, and it was also only five or six years after we became an all volunteer force in the military, so our society was still going through a lot of changes,Howard told Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phil Beaufort, U.S. Fleet Forces PublicAffairs.With a self-deprecating laugh Howard said that the Academy wasn't easy, Navy reporter Beaufort wrotein his August 2012 story. In retrospect, she's realized that expecting a smooth sail wouldn't have beenvery realistic, Beaufort wrote.Credited with putting Howard's experiences in context was Wesley Brown - the first black NavalAcademy graduate in 1949. They met when Howard was a lieutenant commander."He talked about how great this country is and how much it has changed; that as the country changed, people changed," Howard said."Even though he was the only African-American to attend Annapolis in the 1940s, when he attendedreunions he was a member of that class," Howard said."What I really learned from him was that he was a man who could forgive and go on with his life.There is a lot of strength in that."Howard is among the 17 people who were inducted into the 2010 Career Communications Groups(CCG) Alumni Hall of Fame.In 2009, Howard assumed command of Navy Counter-Piracy Task Force.As the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, Howard was in charge of severalU.S. 5th Fleet task forces known as Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, an international maritimecoalition created to disrupt, deter and thwart piracy.Among Howard's duties was "bridging cultural and international gaps," according to Navy presscoverage of her appointment aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) in a story written by John Fage,Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs."My top priority right now is to deter piracy here in the Gulf of Aden," said Howard, adding she would"continue the extensive international coordination Admiral Terence McKnight started.""That 's the true key to defeating piracy," Howard said. "Piracy is a problem that affects all maritimenations and requires an international solution."Vice Adm. Howard has been honored many times for her naval service (see links to ceremonies and bios below).

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