COPOMIAO Offers Its Full Support to Adm. Franchetti, a True American Patriot
President Joe Biden broke the glass ceiling on Friday when he nominated Admiral Lisa Franchetti as the Navy’s top officer. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in U.S. Navy history to hold the job, and the first woman appointed to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Franchetti, who is currently serving as the vice chief of naval operations (the Navy’s no. 2 post), joined the Armed Forces in 1985 and has served as the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development, and director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy of the Joint Staff. She has also commanded two carrier strike groups.
Her personal awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).
“Adm. Franchetti’s contributions are incredible and there’s little I can add, as her record truly speaks for itself,” said COPOMIAO President Basil M. Russo. “The Conference of Presidents has spent the past 18 months shining a spotlight on distinguished women of Italian descent, for there would be no Italian America without their tenacity, devotion, brilliance and leadership. Adm. Franchetti deserves this great honor, and we expect her peers in Congress to swiftly carry out the confirmation process.”
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