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Senate Confirms First Female Navy Leader, Despite Tuberville’s Block on Hundreds of Military Promotions

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Senate In a significant moment, Admiral Lisa Franchetti was confirmed as the U.S. Navy’s first female leader, securing her role as the chief of naval operations. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of this historic appointment, with a count of 95-1. The only dissenting vote came from Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas.

Historic Confirmation Trio

Admiral Lisa Franchetti was part of a trio of senior military leaders who received Senate confirmation. Alongside her, Gen. David Allvin was confirmed as the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, and Lt. Gen. Christopher Mahoney was appointed as the assistant commandant for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Acknowledging Franchetti’s Pioneering Journey

During the Senate Armed Services Committee session, Admiral Lisa Franchetti’s impressive career was highlighted. She has held various vital roles throughout her ascent through the ranks of the United States Navy, including command at sea and leadership of the U.S. 6th Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Korea. Her illustrious career also includes the distinction of being the second woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral.

Obstacles Amid Historic Confirmation

Despite the momentous confirmation, Senator Tommy Tuberville, a Republican from Alabama, persisted with his blockade of over 300 military promotions. This blockade is rooted in his objection to a Pentagon policy that reimburses military personnel for travel related to obtaining abortions.

Ongoing Abortion Policy Standoff : Senate

Tuberville’s fellow Republican senators conducted a lengthy Senate floor session, urging him to lift the holds on military promotions. However, the senator remains unwavering in his stance against the Pentagon’s abortion policy. He contends that the matter concerns both the sanctity of life and upholding the rule of law.

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