Military Michelle Howard: Navy's first four-star female admiral a trailblazer (+video)

Michelle Howard has set many firsts during her 32-year career and was involved with the famous operation to free the crew of the Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates.

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Michelle Janine Howard on Tuesday became the first woman to rise to the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy’s 238 year history.  She received her fourth star at a ceremony held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The Navy lagged other services in promoting a woman to four-star rank. Both the Army and Air Force had previously done so.