Navy Pins First Female 4-Star Admiral

Adm. Michelle Howard is now the Navy's second-highest ranking officer.
1:40 | 07/01/14

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My goodness vice admiral Michelle Howard has -- many -- during her 32 years in the navy. She was one of the first women to attend the Naval Academy the first African American woman to command a ship and today she became the navy's first female four star at. If you don't believe today was a first. When I call to order Forestar showed -- boards for women they didn't exist. Special contract -- slant. And you folks are seeing the first set in the history the United States now she will bear the burden of a role model and she is ready to bear that very well and I'm very excited about that because. We need lots more women in the navy. At today's ceremony at Arlington cemetery admiral Jonathan greener said he had no question she was the right person for the job. -- at the Pentagon on 9/11 and in 2009. She had just become the head of an eighty strike force in the Arabian Sea. And as soon to be well known American sea captain was captured by Somali pirates. I was about three days into the job when we got word that captain Phillips had been kidnapped. Howard is now the navy's second highest ranking officer. Civilians who. But -- pick the best officer. To be. The VC you know. That's the only thing that happened here today. My rink today and let them know that they can yeah. Junior enlisted ten make -- of the navy -- for instance. Howard now joins just two other women -- ever reach the four star rank one in the army the other in the air force. -- and Fisher ABC news Washington.

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