Senate Confirms First Woman to Lead the Navy Despite Tuberville Blocking Promotions

Senate Confirms First Woman to Lead the Navy Despite Tuberville Blocking Promotions

The Senate made history on Thursday by confirming the appointment of Admiral Lisa Franchetti as the first woman to lead the U.S. Navy, despite the ongoing blockade by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., against over 300 military promotions.

In a resounding vote of 95-1, Admiral Lisa Franchetti was officially appointed as the new chief of naval operations. The only dissenting vote came from Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan. This landmark decision was part of a trio of senior military leader confirmations that day. The Senate also approved Gen. David Allvin as the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and Lt. Gen. Christopher Mahoney as the assistant commandant for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Admiral Franchetti, who previously served as the vice chief of operations for the Navy, is now set to become the first woman to hold a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Her impressive career includes leadership roles in the U.S. 6th Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Korea. She’s the second woman to achieve the prestigious rank of four-star admiral.

Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., commended Franchetti’s exemplary journey through the ranks of the United States Navy, highlighting her successful command at sea and her ability to excel in the face of every challenge. Her appointment as the chief of naval operations is seen as a well-prepared and deserving milestone.

This historic confirmation occurred within 24 hours of several Republican colleagues urging Sen. Tuberville to lift his holds on military promotions. Sen. Tuberville’s blockade stems from his protest against a Pentagon abortion policy that provides compensation for troops’ travel expenses related to obtaining abortions. Despite efforts by Republican Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and Dan Sullivan of Alaska to secure unanimous consent for the nominees, Sen. Tuberville objected to each one, citing the importance of life and the rule of law.

Conclusion

The Senate’s confirmation of Admiral Lisa Franchetti as the first woman to lead the U.S. Navy is a momentous occasion, marking a significant step forward in the Navy’s history.

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