WASHINGTON, DC (Pool/CNN) - The U.S. Navy has its first female four-star officer.
Admiral Michelle Howard received the promotion in a special ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the news to the media.
“She is somebody who has done a lot of interesting things in her career,” Earnest said. “She is also the first African-American woman to command a ship, the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore in 1999. So her historic career is taking a next step today.”
She will be named the deputy chief naval officer for Operations, Plans and Strategy at the Navy.
Howard graduated from the Naval Academy in 1982.
Howard's promotion comes nearly six years after army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody became the U.S. military's first female four-star officer.
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