History was made with the US Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff this week and the person at the center of it all is from New York State.

Admiral Lisa Franchetti was confirmed this week as the new Chief of Naval Operations,  becoming the first female to lead the Navy and be part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

She is a Rochester, New York native who attended high school at Pittsford Mendon before joining the Navy ROTC program at Northwestern in 1985.

She has served all over the world and according to her bio on the Defense Department's website, she has held command positions at several different facilities.

Her flag assignments include commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea; commander, Carrier Strike Group 9; commander, Carrier Strike Group 15; chief of staff, Strategy, Plans and Policy (J-5) Joint Staff; commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; Joint Force Maritime Component Commander; deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development, N7; and director for Strategy, Plans and Policy (J-5), Joint Staff.


She assumed the duties as Vice Chief of Naval Operations on September 2, 2022, before her promotion this week.

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She was one of three military officers who were promoted this week.

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