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Navy women reach new heights

By Ed O'Keefe


The Navy's Sailor of the Year awards went to four women -- from left, Cassandra Foote, Shalanda Brewer, Samira McBride and Ingrid Cortez -- on Thursday. (Post)

By The Post's Lisa Rein:

The submarine school in Groton, Conn., will include 19 women this year, the first group since the Navy lifted its ban on women serving on submarines.

On Thursday, the Navy reached another milestone, when women swept the annual Sailor of the Year awards for the first time.
Their achievement was marked by meritorious promotions to chief petty officer in a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, with their families and commanders proudly looking on as chief's anchors were penned to the lapels of their khakis. The four sailors of the year were chosen from the enlisted fleet of 273,226. Every year they are feted in Washington, whisked with their families from museum to monument during a week of kudos and congratulations from Navy brass.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  Military  
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Comments

For a few days every month, they will be a force to be reckoned with.... if they don't all kill each other first.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 23, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Our nation is at war and meritorious advancement should be reserved for those exhibiting extraordinary leadership in direct combat with the enemy. This is no time to be handing out anchors to the "superior bureaucrat of the year". An entire SOTY group of all females smells of equal opportunity drivel and doesn't fool anyone.

Yes, these women are to be congratulated for their exemplary work. But puleez: what is the statistical likelihood that four female sailors would sweep the awards, without manipulation by the PC Police?, with 30 years of affirmative action, everyone knows that.

Posted by: blhfish | July 26, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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