Michelle J. Howard
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|Michelle J. Howard|
Howard in August 2012
|Birth name||Michelle Janine Howard|
April 30, 1960 |
March Air Force Base
Riverside County, California, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1978–present|
|Unit||Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5)|
|Commands held||USS Rushmore (LSD-47)
Amphibious Squadron 7
Expeditionary Strike Group Two
Task Force Two Zero
|Battles/wars||Persian Gulf War|
|Awards|| Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards)
Legion of Merit (3)
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Commendation Medal (4)
Navy Achievement Medal
Michelle Janine Howard (born April 30, 1960) is an African-American naval officer and a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5).
Howard is the first African-American woman to achieve three star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces. She is the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship. In 2006, she was selected for the rank of Rear Admiral lower half, making her the first admiral selected from the United States Naval Academy class of 1982 and the first woman graduate of the United States Naval Academy selected for Admiral.
Early life and education
Howard was born to retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant Nick Howard and his wife Phillipa. She is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998 with a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences.
Howard’s initial sea tours were aboard the USS Hunley (AS-31) and the USS Lexington (AVT-16). While serving on board Lexington, she received the Secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She reported to USS Mount Hood (AE-29) as Chief Engineer in 1990 and served in the Persian Gulf War, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She assumed duties as First Lieutenant on board the USS Flint (AE-32) in July 1992. In January 1996, she became the Executive Officer of USS Tortuga (LSD-46) and deployed to the Adriatic in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, a peacekeeping effort in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. Sixty days after returning from the Mediterranean deployment, Tortuga departed on a West African Training Cruise, where the ship’s sailors, with embarked U.S. Marines and U.S. Coast Guard detachment, operated with the naval services of seven African nations.
Howard took command of USS Rushmore (LSD-47) on March 12, 1999, becoming the first African-American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. Howard commanded Amphibious Squadron 7 from May 2004 to September 2005. Deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, operations included tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and maritime security operations in the North Persian Gulf.
Howard's shore assignments include: Course Coordinator/Instructor for the Steam Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) course; Action Officer and Navy’s liaison to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Military Services (DACOWITS) in the Bureau of Personnel; Action Officer J-3, Global Operations, Readiness on the Joint Staff from 2001–2003; Executive Assistant to the Joint Staff Director of Operations from February 2003 to February 2004; and Deputy Director N3 on the OPNAV Staff from December 2005 to July 2006.
Howard was the Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, OPNAV staff from July 2006 to December 2006, and senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy January 2007-January 2009.She served as chief of staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff from August 2010 until July 2012. From August 2012 to July 2013 VAdm Howard served as Deputy Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command headquartered in Norfolk, Va.
Howard assumed command of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 and Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) in April 2009. The USS Boxer was the flagship for CTF 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.
Howard was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half), effective September 1, 2007 and to Rear Admiral, effective August 1, 2010. She was promoted to Vice Admiral on August 24, 2012.
Dates of ranks
|Vice Admiral||August 24, 2012|
|Rear Admiral||August 1, 2010|
|Rear Admiral (lower half)||September 1, 2007|
- ESG-2 Change of Command, April 2009
- "Rear Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2". US Navy Biographies. United States Navy. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Rear Adm. Michelle Howard remarks on her time in service, during her frocking ceremony.". Navy News Service (United States Navy). 20 April 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
- "Michelle Howard". Contemporary Black Biography. The Gale Group, Inc. 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
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