“According to The Naval History and Heritage Command, the first women to serve in the U.S. Navy were nurses. In recent times, more women have been making remarkable strides in a typically male-dominated profession. NBC News’s Lester Holt reported that four women of color are making first-time Naval history by commanding warships at the same time. Their service has been marked by breaking barriers and also opening doors for future military leaders who may want to follow in their footsteps.
Kimberly Jones is commander of the USS Tortuga, LaDonna Simpson is captain of the USS Carter Hall, Kathryn Wijnaldum serves as commanding officer of the USS Oak Hill, and Kristel O’Cañas is the commanding officer of the USS Whidbey Island. All historymakers who spoke to Holt about their remarkable military journeys.
In the interview, Jones said that she is honored and privileged to serve with the other women. Hall noted other things that the women have in common.”