Black woman to lead Naval Academy’s brigade for first time

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy has announced that a Black female midshipman will be the brigade commander for the first time.

The academy’s commandant said Monday that Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will be the commander for the spring semester. Brigade commander is the highest leadership position within the academy’s student body.

The semester-long position is selected through an application and interview process by senior leadership and the commandant’s staff.

Barber is from Lake Forest, Illinois. She is the 16th woman selected for brigade commander.

The first female brigade commander was Julianna Galiana. She served in the position in 1991.

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