When Adm. Michelle Howard thought about who to thank first during her speech at a Tuesday ceremony marking her promotion to four-star and her assuming duties as the Navy’s number two officer, the list was long.
But in the end, she settled on supply corps top officer Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen and Navy Exchange executive Rob Bianchi.
“If you don’t believe today was a first, when I called to order four-star shoulder boards for women, they didn’t exist,” Howard said. “A special contract was let, and you folks are seeing the first set in the history of the United States Navy.”
Will the Navy be the first service to have a female as the top officer? Could be.