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The Navy has just promoted Michelle Howard from vice-admiral to admiral — making her the first female four-star admiral in its 236-year history.

Howard paid tribute to the nation’s service members Tuesday morning during her promotion ceremony, which was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Howard remarked that the “willingness to step up and contribute to a noble cause in your life is a sign of true selflessness.”  “Our sailors and Marines are this legacy. They are volunteers,” she said. “And with every mission, they demonstrate our core values, values our founders would have understood — courage, honor, commitment.”

Howard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, and she was the first black woman to command a ship. Congrats!

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