Biden Nominates Admiral Lisa Franchetti as First Female Top Officer in US Navy History
In a historic announcement, President Joe Biden has nominated Admiral Lisa Franchetti to become the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the highest-ranking officer in the United States Navy. If confirmed, Admiral Franchetti will make history as the first woman to hold this prestigious position in the Navy and the first woman to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
A Distinguished Career
Admiral Lisa Franchetti’s illustrious career spans 38 years of dedicated service to the nation as a commissioned officer. Graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, she has since held various key positions that showcase her exceptional leadership and expertise.
According to her official biography, Admiral Franchetti has served as the commander of US Naval Forces Korea, deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development, and director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy of the Joint Staff. Her impressive resume also includes commanding two carrier strike groups before assuming the role of Vice Chief of Naval Operations (Vice CNO) in September 2022.
A Trailblazer for Women in the Navy
President Biden praised Admiral Franchetti’s exceptional career and expressed his confidence in her abilities. He emphasized her extensive expertise in both operational and policy arenas, making her a perfect fit for the Chief of Naval Operations position.
As the second woman ever to achieve the rank of four-star admiral in the United States Navy, Admiral Franchetti has already broken barriers in her career. If confirmed as the CNO, she will once again make history by becoming the first woman to lead the Navy and serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Other Nominations and Applause
In addition to Admiral Franchetti’s nomination, President Biden also announced other key appointments within the Navy. Vice Adm. James Kilby, the deputy commander of US Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated to become the next Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Furthermore, Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of US Pacific Fleet, is set to lead US forces in the Pacific as the commander of Indo-Pacific Command. Vice Adm. Stephen “Web” Koehler is also nominated to take over from Paparo as commander of US Pacific Fleet.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin praised these nominations, highlighting their importance in ensuring the U.S. Navy and the joint force in the Indo-Pacific region remain the finest military force in the world. These senior officers will play a crucial role in projecting power around the globe, defending freedom of the seas, and upholding the rules-based international order.
Challenges in the Confirmation Process
Despite the significance of these nominations, there are challenges in the confirmation process. Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s hold on senior military nominations, including the nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. C.Q. Brown; the nominee for Army chief of staff, Gen. Randy George; and the nominee for commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Eric Smith, has slowed down the confirmation procedures.
As a result, the Marine Corps is currently without a confirmed Commandant for the first time in over a century, awaiting Gen. Eric Smith’s confirmation to take over from his predecessor, Gen. David Berger, who left command earlier this month.
The Biden Administration’s Historic Achievements
Admiral Franchetti’s nomination adds to the list of historic achievements within the Biden administration’s Defense Department. It has already seen the first Black secretary of defense and the first female Army secretary, Christine Wormuth. Upon the confirmation of Air Force Gen. C.Q. Brown, the Pentagon’s two most senior leaders will be Black men for the first time in history.
The Importance of Swift Confirmation
President Biden has expressed concern about the delays caused by Sen. Tuberville’s hold. He believes it is not only wrong but also dangerous to obstruct the approval of outstanding military nominees. The American people strongly support the military and their families, and swift confirmation of these leaders is essential to maintain the country’s defense and national security.
Admiral Lisa Franchetti’s nomination as the Navy’s first female Chief of Naval Operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a monumental step forward for gender equality and representation within the U.S. Navy. Her distinguished career and exceptional leadership make her an ideal candidate for this prestigious position.
The Biden administration’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident in its historic nominations of senior military leaders, breaking barriers and fostering a more representative leadership in the armed forces.
It is crucial that the Senate acts swiftly to confirm these deserving leaders, ensuring the continued strength of the U.S. Navy and the defense of the nation.