Rear Admiral Michelle Howard

From Today’s Drum and Afro.com:

(April 26, 2009) – While the facts surrounding the kidnapping and rescue of the Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips have been widely reported, less well-known is that ship which saved him was commanded by a black woman, Rear Admiral Michelle Howard.

HOWARD FROCKING CEREMON
Howard received the assignment of leading the U.S. Navy’s counter-piracy task force just three days before the Maersk Alabama was attacked by Somalia pirates.

“It’s probably one of the most exciting missions the Navy has been on in for a long while,” Howard told the Navy Times.

Howard is the first of her 1982 U.S. Naval Academy class to reach the rank of admiral. In 1999, Howard became the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Rushmore.

She holds a masters degree in Military Science Arts and Sciences from the Army’s Command and General Staff College.

Howard said the mission of her unit, Combined Task Force 151, will remain deterring and disrupting piracy off the Horn of Africa.

“Right now, the policy is, fight piracy, and I am all about that policy,” she told the Navy Times. “We are quite capable of staying out here and doing this mission.”

Howard’s task force operates with U.S. warships deployed to the eastern Africa area as well as those sent from allied nations. Before her assignment to the strike group, Howard was the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

6 comments

  1. Not surprising that this mission was headed by a woman! Great Work! I would love to see and hear about more success storys dealing with our women in the military.

  2. I am so proud of Adm Howard. She is the Jackie Robinson of Black Female Admirals.

  3. I just heard an African American Woman was responsible for the success of this mission. I am so proud! I look forward to any comments posted by Temple3 on Ms. Howard.

  4. I served with admiral Howard aboard the USS MOUNT HOOD AE-29.NOT ONLY WAS SHE THE CHIEF ENGINEER BUT SHE ALSO ASSUMED MOST OF THE DUTIES AS 1ST LT. DUE TO ILLNESS THAT PUT THE 1ST LT IN STATE ROOM FOR APPROX. 6 WEEKS WHILE WE WERE IN DESERT STORM/DESERT SHIELD. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON.I WAS THE ACTING DIVISION OFFICER FOR 2ND DIVISION AS WE DIDNT GET A DIVISION OFFICER TILL OVER HALF WAY THROUGH THE WAR.AS BM2/2ND CLASS PETYY OFFICER I WORKED WITH HER TO SET RECORDS THAT WERE BROKE BY THE MOUNT HOOD FOR ONLOADS AND UNDERWAY REPLENISHMENTS THAT HAD BEEN SET IN VIETNAM;I WOULD LOVE TO GET HER E-MAIL TO DROP HER A LINE.IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO GET A HOLD OF HER.MY EMAIL IS joeswan1962@yahoo.com as my career in the navy is coming to an end here shortly.

  5. RADM Howard and I served aboard USS Mount Hood AE-29 together. She was Chief Engineer, I was CMC, Senior Enlisted, M & A Div Officer. We crossed the equator, RADM’s first, and completed duties during Desert Storm/Shield. It was an honor and privilege to serve with her.

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