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Black Woman Named to a Top U.S. Navy Job Says Wimps Fail

As a young midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, Michelle Howard didn’t strike some of her peers as an obvious candidate to become a four-star admiral.

“She was so quiet, and she’s also very short,” said Brian Jones, a classmate who graduated with Howard in 1982. “In the Navy, being forceful and physically commanding is a real asset. She had that working against her.”