About 70,000 women are serving in the U.S. Navy. Billie J. Farrell is the first to command Old Ironsides, a hero of the War of 1812.
Leaders of the nation’s military academies say swiping one another’s mascot animals is strictly forbidden, but that hasn’t seemed to deter glory-seeking raiders.
Rivalries among the nation’s military academies include a long history of mascot-stealing “spirit missions” before football games, despite official condemnations.
The Biden administration was seeking to ensure that board members were “qualified to serve” and aligned with the president’s values, said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.
When the academy administered a physics test last year, it had to be flexible because of Covid-19 restrictions. It later learned that dozens of midshipmen had used outside resources during the exam.
Vice President Kamala Harris, the school’s first female commencement speaker, is expected to use her speech to address some of the Biden administration’s most urgent challenges.
The rivalry is being played at West Point, the first time the game has not been at a neutral site in 77 years.
Adm. Michael M. Gilday appears determined that his recommendations on the Roosevelt case will be made based on Navy principles and not on fears of what the White House might want.
The president’s off-again, on-again speech in June will bring back 1,000 cadets who had scattered across the country to help counter the coronavirus.