- The first African-American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy is Michelle J Howard
- The woman commanded Expeditionary Strike Group 2 from April 2009 to July 2010 when it was deployed off the coast of Africa
- Michelle was also the commander of Amphibious Squadron 7 from May 2004 to September 2005
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Michelle J Howard is the first African-American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy.
The woman, who commanded Expeditionary Strike Group 2 from April 2009 to July 2010 when it was deployed off the coast of Africa, was also the commander of Amphibious Squadron 7 from May 2004 to September 2005.
According to Face 2 Face Africa, in 2014, Michelle was the first woman to become a four-star admiral in the US Navy and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations.
YEN.com.gh gathers that Michelle is the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three-star and four-stars in the Armed Forces as well.
After completing her last assignment as the commander of naval forces in Europe and Africa, she retired from the navy in 2017.
In other news, a 39-year-old lady who was homeless and slept on airport floor has now become a successful entrepreneur that has created a scholarship for black undergraduates at Oxford University.
Arlan Hamilton, who slept at San Francisco airport with a backpack and a laptop, is the creator of the first scholarship fund targeted at black undergraduates at Oxford University.
The scholarship covers fees and living cost for one undergraduate a year for three years beginning in 2020.
The scholarship is valued at around $300,000 and its beneficiary must be of African and Caribbean heritage and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Each student will also be given $3900 grant to pursue careers in their chosen field.
She told USA TODAY: “I plan on doing this for several schools over the next decade and starting with Oxford because I’ve spent a great deal of time with their students and faculty, and Dillard because it’s my mom’s alma mater and shaped her.”
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