Michelle Janine Howard — Born April 30l 1960 in Riverside, California. Vice Admiral in the United States Navy was promoted to deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces command in Norfolk.
Howard has a record of setting historic milestones.
The Navy says a Virginia-based sailor has become the first black woman to earn a three-star-rank in the U.S. armed forces
Howard was also the first black woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, the first female graduate of the Naval Academy to achieve the rank of rear admiral and the first black woman to command an expeditionary strike group at sea.
Her last assignment was serving as chief of staff to the director for strategic plans and policy for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. Her hometown is Aurora, Colorado.