Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S. Navy
John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com
Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, will become vice chief of naval operations, according to her online Navy biography.
"Her historic career is taking a next step today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
Howard, a 1982 graduate of the Naval Academy, made history when she commanded the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore in 1999, Earnest said.