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First black woman to command Navy ship to lead strike group

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Source: Virginian-Pilot

Rear Adm. Michelle J. Howard, the first black woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, is being assigned as commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Two in Norfolk, the Navy announced this week.

Howard, a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is now the senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy in Washington.

In 1999, she took command of the dock landing ship Rushmore. She went on to serve as commander of Amphibious Squadron 7 from May 2004 to September 2005. The squadron’s operations included tsunami relief in Indonesia and maritime security in the North Arabian Gulf.

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Written by Symphony

December 17, 2008 at 6:10 am

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  1. Admiral Howard was my “boss” back in the late-80s at Surface Warfare Officers School, Coronado CA, when she was a Lieutenant. In my 26-years in the Navy, she was one of the best and brightest officers, male or female, that I ever served with. Ms Howard was always particularly attentive to the thoughts and concerns of the senior enlisted staff (the Chiefs). She had a very engaging personality, but could be a very seroious and exacting officer when called to do so. I think we all knew that, if Lt. Howard stayed in the Navy, there were no limits to how far she could go – I’m so happy we were right! Fair winds and following seas!

    Larry Goulet, SCPO USN(ret)

    January 29, 2009 at 8:26 am

  2. Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller – WWII Milestones – Laser Etched Granite Plaque from the United States Navy Memorial Store. Celebrate Black History. Doris Miller is also featured in the new ‘Distinguished Sailors’ series stamps from the U.S. Postal Service, out this February 2010.

    Sky Retail Partners

    February 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm


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