NAVY VICE ADM. MICHELLE J. Howard has been nominated for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as vice chief of naval operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Howard is currently serving as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, N3/N5, Ofﬁce of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
In 2012, Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard became the ﬁ rst African- American woman to receive a third star in ﬂag rank within the Defense Department when she was promoted Aug. 24. Howard is currently serving as
deputy commander for U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
In 2006, she waselected for the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half), making her the ﬁ rst admiral selected from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1982 and the ﬁrst female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy selected for admiral.
In 1999, she became the ﬁrst African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy when she
took command of USS Rushmore