Friday, July 18th, 2014
We hope you enjoy this week’s TopRank. We first profiled Vice Chief of Naval Operations Michelle Howard after her nomination earlier this year, and this month’s development makes it official – the Navy has promoted its first four-star female in its 238-year history.
The woman who made it to the President’s box for the 2014 State of the Union address has certainly captured the attention of the military by her historical significance. As Defense Chief Chuck Hagel noted in a special blog post on women in the military, “When asked about the women who joined the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, General Douglas MacArthur called them ‘my best soldiers,’ he said.”
“We’ve come a long way toward giving women a truly equal opportunity to serve in uniform and throughout DoD – and we’ve still got a lot more work ahead of us,” Hagel added.
Meanwhile, speaking of other military ceremonies, our followers on Facebook got the breaking news earlier this week that President Obama is about to award the Medal of Honor to the ninth living recipient to have served in OIF or OEF. We salute Ryan Pitts, and thank him for his extraordinary service to our country.