Posted on Jul 1, 2014
CMDCM Gene Treants
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Michelle Howard, the first women in the U.S. Navy’s history to be named a 4-Star Admiral. She also became the first African American women to command a ship in the U.S. Navy after she took over command of the USS Rushmore (LSD-47) in 1999.

If you are wondering why the Navy is just now recognizing a four-star female admiral, Time reports women’s participation in the military is still fairly low.

Quoting a Pentagon Demographics report, a Time writer noted women only account for 14.5% of active duty military personnel; in the Navy women account for 16.4%; in the army 13.5%, and just 6.8% in the Marine Corps.

Other services with female four Stars s are: Army promoted General Ann Dunwoody 2008, and the U.S. Air Force promoted General Janet Woodbreaker 2012.

With the promotion of Admiral Howard and her assignment to Vice Chief of Naval Operations. She plans to focus on culture issues.
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LTC David S. Chang, ChFC®, CLU®
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I think it is great that we have more women leaders and hope that we continue to have more. Having this diversity really adds to our military and I truly believe the long-term effects will strengthen our military and civilian sector.

let's set the example!
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CMDCM Gene Treants
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Major Chang, I believe that is the exact attitude we need to have and maintain sir.
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SSG Mike Angelo
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I believe that this era of young military will be accepting more women in flag officer ranks with favorable attitudes. A good military mix.
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SSG Trevor S.
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I think it is sad that this is news. I am happy for her, but why is this still news instead of commonplace?
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CMDCM Gene Treants
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SSG Trevor, take a look at the percentages of women in the military. Also think about the number of women who have been in long enough to make it to 4 Star or for that matter E-9 or E-10.
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