USNA Women's SIG STEM committee is presenting a bi-monthly fireside chat series featuring USNA Alumnae in STEM careers. November 2020 will feature Adm Michelle Howard '82, USN Ret.
Michelle J. Howard served 35 years in the United States Navy. She was the first female graduate and member of the class of 1982 from USNA to achieve flag rank. She led Sailors and Marines multiple times in her career as the Commander of: a ship, an Expeditionary Strike Group, Task Force, and a Naval theater. Her last command was from 2016 to 2017 as U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa. She simultaneously led NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples with oversight of missions from the Western Balkans to Iraq. Operations in her career include: NATO peacekeeping, West African Training Cruise, Indonesia Tsunami Relief operations, and the rescue of Maersk Alabama from Somali Pirates. Michelle J. Howard is a Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.