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The highest-ranking women in the Navy are: 

  • Admiral Michelle Howard (Surface Warfare Officer) is the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, making her the first female and first African American to become a 4-star admiral in the Navy.
  • Vice Admiral Robin Braun is the 12th Chief of the Navy Reserve, first female leader of the Navy Reserve, and the highest ranking female Aviator.
  • Vice Admiral Nora Tyson (Naval Flight Officer) is the Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
  • Vice Admiral Jan Tighe is the 3rd Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command Command, U.S. 10th Fleet, the Navy's first female commander of a numbered fleet and the only female Information Warfare Officer admiral.

Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews is the highest ranking Human Resources Officer in the Navy.

Rear Admiral Elizabeth Train is the highest ranking female Information Dominance Corps officer and is the only female Intelligence Officer admiral.

Rear Admiral Katherine Gregory is the first female Chief of Civil Engineers, as well as the highest ranking female Civil Engineer Corps Officer.

Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben is the first female Chief of Navy Chaplains and the first female two-star Navy chaplain.

Rear Admiral Martha Herb is the only female Explosive Ordnance Disposal admiral.

Rear Admiral Babbette Bolivar is the first female Commander Joint Region Marianas and also holds the distinction of being the first female commander of Navy Region Northwest.

Rear Admiral Raquel Bono is the only female Medical Corps admiral.

Rear Admiral Elaine Wagner is the only female Dental Corps admiral.

Rear Admiral Dawn Cutler is the first female Chief of Naval Information and the highest ranking female Public Affairs Officer.

For more biographies on female flag officers, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command webpage. 



Fleet Master Chief April Beldo serves in one of four Fleet Master Chief positions in the Navy, assigned to Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) under the Chief of Naval Personnel.  Beldo is the first African American female Fleet Master Chief in the Navy and only third woman to hold this position.  Beldo was also the first African American female Command Master Chief to serve onboard a nuclear aircraft carrier.

Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman serves as the 17th fleet master chief for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  She was also the first woman to hold the position of FORCM for Commander, Navy Surface Atlantic.




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