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Female African American Soldier Series: Saluting

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As we recognize Veteran’s Day, there is no better time to honor those who have selflessly put their lives on the line to serve and protect our country. BlackEnterprise.com honors the African American women who have spent many years serving the United States military and have now climbed the ranks to lead it. These women have faced and beat tremendous odds and have blazed trails that, at one point, would have been impossible to imagine, not to mention achieve. Let’s celebrate and be inspired by the sacrifices and accomplishments of these powerful women–and all veterans–today and going forward.

Admiral Michelle Howard

Howard is a four star Admiral and one of the highest-ranking African American women ever, in any branch of the military. She is the Navy’s second highest ranking officer, and currently serves as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations—the first woman or African American to hold that position. Howard is also the first African American woman to command a U.S Navy ship, the USS Rushmore.

Major General Nadja West

West is the first African American woman to be Major General of the Army’s active component. She is also Army Medicine’s first African American woman to be made two-star general. West is currently joint staff surgeon at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She earned a Doctorate of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine

Major General Gwendolyn Bingham

Bingham is the current commander of the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. Prior to this position, she served as Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range, and was the 51st Quartermaster General of the United States Army and Commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School. She was the first woman officer to hold these positions. Some of her awards and decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

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7 Black Military ‘Women of Power’ To Honor This Veterans Day  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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