Michelle J. Howard

Military Person from United States of America

Michelle J. Howard Michelle Janine Howard (born April 30, 1960) is an American Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. She currently serves as Chief of Staff to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff. She is the first African-American woman to command a US Navy ship. In 2006, she was selected for the rank of Rear Admiral lower half, making her the first admiral selected from the United States Naval Academy class of 1982 and the first woman graduate of the United States Naval Academy selected for Admiral. In 2009, Howard was nominated for the rank of Rear Admiral upper half, and assumed command of Expeditionary Strike Group Two while deployed in the Gulf of Aden. In April 2012, she was nominated for the rank of Vice Admiral. On May 24, 2012 Rear Admiral Michelle J. Howard was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to Vice Admiral and to serve as Deputy Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Howard was born to retired Air Force master sergeant, Nick Howard and his wife, Phillipa. She is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Michelle Howard
Date of birth
United States of America


Institution From To
United States Naval Academy
Gateway High School

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