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Ret. U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Annie Andrews keynotes Women’s History Month observance

In her speech, Andrews described characteristics of successful leaders, and cited examples of women in leadership

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Annie Andrews only third woman rear admiral in U.S. Navy history

Compton Herald | Bars & StripesDAHLGREN, Va. —- Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Annie Andrews, is presented a plaque by Capt. Godfrey “Gus” Weekes, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division commanding officer, after her keynote address at a Women’s History Month observance at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus, March 28.

Andrews is the third woman in U.S. Navy history, to achieve the rank of rear admiral. Now a top official with the Federal Aviation Administration, she joined Navy personnel to celebrate and reflect on the theme “Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination.”

In her speech, Andrews described characteristics of successful leaders, citing examples of women in leadership who exemplified those traits.

“Our history is bejeweled with bold and brazen women who have overcome barriers, shattered glass ceilings, and shifted paradigms,” said Andrews. “As you continue your vital roles throughout your careers — whether you’re in uniform or out of uniform — think about what your legacies will be. Many of you can be recognized and honored just like these pioneer women for breaking down barriers that might be standing in your way.”

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