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United States Navy has a new second in command

The United States Navy has a new Number Two in command.
Admiral Michelle Howard was promoted today in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. 

She has achieved many firsts during her 32-years in the Navy.
She was one of the first women to attend the Naval Academy. The first African-American woman to command a ship.  And today she became the Navy's first female Four Star Admiral.
The 54-year old is now the Navy's second highest ranking officer.The Vice Chief of Naval Operations. 
At her promotion ceremony, Admiral Howard joked that even the military supply system was not ready for a woman of her rank.

Howard - If you don't believe today was a first, when I called to order Four-Star shoulder boards for women, they didn't exist.  You folks are seeing history of the US.
Before today, Admiral Howard was perhaps best known for when she helped coordinate the rescue of Captain Richard  Phillips.
She was commander of a Navy Strike Force when Phillips ship was seized by Somali Pirates
Howard had only been on that job three days when the Maersk Alabama was hijacked.