2013 naacp image awards

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Girls&WomenToKnow Michelle Howard U.S. Navy’s 1st Female 4-Star Admiral in its 238 Year History.

In her career Howards has achieve many historical “first”, Howard was the first African-American woman to achieve three star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The first woman and African-American woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy. First African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Rushmore.

In 2006, Howard was selected for the rank of rear admiral which is the lower half making her the first admiral selected from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1982 and the first female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy selected for flag rank. On July 1, 2014, Howard became the first African-American woman and the first woman to become a four-star admiral. As Vice Chief of Naval Operations she is the first African-American and the first woman to hold that post!!!!

Howard is the recipient of the 2008 Women of Color Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Achievement Award,

2009 Dominion Power Strong Men and Women Excellence in Leadership Award 

2011 USO Military Woman of the Year.

Howard was honored with the “Chairman’s Award” at the 44th NAACP Image Awards February 2013.

She is a 1987 recipient of the Secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins  Award.

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Kerry Washington steps out in a head-turning Oscar de la Renta gown for the 2013 NAACP Image Awards on Friday night, February 1.

The actress took home the awards “Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series” for Scandal and “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” for Django Unchained. Kerry was also honored with the “President’s Award” inside The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.