Thursday, October 16, 2014
History-making Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, will be the featured speaker at the Navy Birthday Ball celebrating the Navy's 239 years on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St.
Howard is the first woman in naval history to achieve the rank of four-star admiral. She also is the first African-American woman to serve as a three-star officer in the U.S. military and the first to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. She has served in a variety of missions including war-time efforts in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, relief efforts in Indonesia and security operations in the North Arabian Gulf.
Recognized as one of the largest Navy balls in the United States, the Oklahoma City event will be marked by special Navy traditions including the cake-cutting ceremony. It is sponsored by the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing One at Tinker Air Force Base, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the Oklahoma City Navy League.