(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. Navy has its first female four-star admiral in history.
At the daily White House briefing, spokesman Josh Earnest says Michelle Howard was promoted from vice admiral to admiral and she is the service's new vice chief of naval operations. Howard told the "Navy Times" earlier this year that opportunities for women in the military are much more plentiful than they were when she first joined. Howard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982. She was also the first black woman to command a ship.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says today is a special day for the U.S. Navy.
Earnest says Navy Vice Admiral Michelle Howard will not only become an admiral.