- Sydney Barber, a woman of colour in America, is the first to servce in the US Navy Academy
- Only a few women have been able to attain that level since the academy became open to female students
- Barber said her position has shown that she will be playing a big role in the annal of American history
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Sydney Barber has made history as the first black woman to serve as a brigade commander at the US Navy Academy.
USA Today reports that she will be the 16th woman to hold the highly esteemed position since women became welcome in the Naval Academy in 1972. It should be noted that the first woman to hold the position was Juliane Gallina in 1992.
In a statement, Barber said she is really humbled by it all, especially how it placed her to play a big role in American history.
Barber is presently studying mechanical engineering and one day hopes to become a Marine Corps officer.
The black woman said she was inspired by Jaine Mines who was the first black woman to graduate from the academy.
In response, Mines said the lady's comment really made her emotional.
It should be noted that Barber is not the only first black person to make history in the military recently. Madeline Swegle earlier in July became a fighter pilot.
A senior officer with the American Navy, she was recognised as the Sailor of the Fiscal Year 2020, an achievement that came as a result of her dedication to work.
The Nigerian was given the plaque of recognition by the US secretary of Navy, Hon Kenneth J Braithwaite.
After that, she got her MBA from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho.
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While in Nigeria, she worked with both MTN and Ericsson. Getting to America, the Nigerian woman got a master's degree in the field of information technology management from Trident University International, California.