Another Glass Ceiling Shattered by Adm. Michelle Howard

Howard is the first woman to reach the Navy's highest rank and the first African-American woman with four stars in the entire military.
2:41 | 07/04/14

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Finally tonight on this American holiday the woman making American history. She's -- navy admiral behind the real life rescue of captain Phillips rising in the ranks knocking down one barrier after another. ABC's Martha Raddatz with our person of the week. War ships and sailors. Special operations teams are all part of Michelle Howard's life in the navy so. And now she was the first woman to reach the navy's highest -- Four stars and the first African American woman with four stars in the entire US -- -- -- when I call to order Forestar -- boards for women they didn't exist. You folks are seeing the first said in the history the United States -- Okay. Nine years ago admiral Howard was at the -- of another historic moment. She had just taken command of the navy's -- hunting fleet off the coast of Africa. Pirates had seized a US cargo ship the maersk Alabama. And taken the captain Richard Phillips hostage Ingrid Charlie yeah. Captain that Ron Howard the crisis dramatized in gripping detail in the movie starring Tom -- yeah yeah. Captain Phillips and rescued by Navy SEALs who Howard tended to get him. That's the real admiral -- welcoming the real captain Phillips to safety. And yet another good day in the military career. Howard had dream -- since she was twelve years. Old I saw this documentary I was so excited it didn't even dawn on me was -- guys. In the documentary and I was just crashed. You know today's yankees. Long Island nation of men and women it was not until she entered the Naval Academy that women were finally allowed to serve on ships. -- -- -- -- Were -- times in your career that you think people tried to hold you back I think for every human being there's knuckle heads in their life. And yes I think I had. A fair share -- and it's perhaps a few more. Three decades ago she was one of the first women to graduate from the Naval Academy. Today for the first time in history one quarter of the incoming class of the Naval Academy. Women that is magical that's just that's magical. And so we choose four star admiral Michelle Howard congratulation.

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