Salutes & Awards

February 7, 2014

Black History Month trivia – Did you know…?

VADM_Michelle_Howard_2012
In the movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, the commanding officer of the Navy destroyer, Bainbridge, talks to his boss–a woman, over the radio. He and his crew are trying to stop the Somali pirates who took over the cargo ship, Maersk Alabama. The voice of that woman is Admiral Michelle Howard, the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, the USS Rushmore, a dock landing ship, on March 12, 1999.

On December 20, 2013, after Senate confirmation, Howard became the Navy’s first female four-star in its 238-year history. She also holds the distinction of being the first woman graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to be selected for Admiral and currently the highest ranking female in the U.S. military overall.

A 1982 Naval Academy graduate, Howard is also a surface warfare officer who has a well-documented and distinguished career as a naval officer.

In addition to prestigious military accomplishments, Howard was recognized by the NAACP when she received the Chairman’s Award on Feb. 1, 2013. The award is given in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.

Why is Howard’s history important to us? Because we are a part of that history.

Howard was born to retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nick Howard and his wife, Phillipa, at the former March Air Force Base, Calif.

As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the rest of the story.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane

Airman, Guardsman recognized as ‘heroes’ in Paris

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone (right), Aleksander Skarlatos (center) and Anthony Sadler pose for a photo in Paris Aug. 23, 2015, following a foiled attack on a French train. Stone was...
 
 

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing 2015, 3rd Quarter award winners

Airman of the Quarter – Senior Airman Christian Bojorquez, 452 SFS   NCO of the Quarter – Staff Sgt. Kevin Duffy, 56 APS   SNCO of the Quarter – Senior Master Sgt. Winston Demmin, 452 AMXS   Company Grade Officer of the Quarter – Capt. Dawn Schultz, 452 MDG/752 MDS   (Not pictured) Civilians of...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lindemann

March Total Force Honor Guard Recognizes Top Performers at Annual Awards Banquet

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lindemann Col. Douglas Weskamp, vice Commander, 163rd Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, March ARB, California, and Chief Master Sergeant Tina L. Casen, Individual Mobilization A...
 

 

Happy 225th birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

(The following is the official U.S. Coast Guard birthday message on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the service. The following post on the Coast Guard Compass blog was issued in lieu of the traditional ALCOAST message from the USCG commandant. August 4, 2015) From the first lifesaving stations on the shores of Massachusetts...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher

Big Bear Lake’s parade welcomes military

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher Col. David Pavey, director of staff, Headquarters 4th Air Force, rides in the annual Old Miners’ Day Parade in Big Bear Lake, June 13. The parade is the longest running community...
 
 
163rd-photo

163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s 2013 wildfire efforts honored

Col. Keith Ward, 163rd Reconnaissance Wing vice commander, California Air National Guard, March Air Reserve Base, accepts the Excellence in Aviation Awards at the Flight Test Historical Foundation’s annual awards banquet in L...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>