Obama nominates first woman for Navy’s number 2 post

Posted at 3:55 PM, Dec 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-13 15:55:59-05

President Obama has nominated Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to be the Navy’s vice chief of naval operations, a nomination would make Howard the first woman and first African-American to hold the Navy’s No. 2 post.

If confirmed she would also become the first black woman to attain four-star rank in the Navy, according to the Navy Times.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Howard’s nomination on Friday.

Howard, a surface warfare officer, is a 1982 Naval Academy grad who has commanded the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore and Expeditionary Strike Group 2. She has a master’s degree from the Army’s Command and General Staff College, according to her official bio.

Read more at the Navy Times.