Admiral Lisa Franchetti Nominated as First Woman to Lead U.S. Navy and Joint Chiefs of Staff

In a historic nomination that could reshape the landscape of the U.S. Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Joe Biden has put forth Admiral Lisa Franchetti as the nominee for Chief of Naval Operations. If the Senate confirms her nomination, Admiral Franchetti will achieve a remarkable milestone by becoming the first woman to lead the U.S. Navy and serve as a member of the esteemed Joint Chiefs of Staff, a group comprising the chiefs of the various branches of the U.S. military.

Admiral Lisa Marie Franchetti has already established herself as a trailblazer in her distinguished career. Currently serving as the 42nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations since September 2022, her extensive experience and exceptional leadership have earned her this nomination for such a critical role.

Prior to this appointment, Admiral Franchetti held key positions in the military hierarchy, including serving as the director for strategy, plans, and policies of the Joint Staff from 2020 to 2022. She also served as the second deputy chief of naval operations for war-fighting development in 2020 and commanded the United States Sixth Fleet from 2018 to 2020. Notably, she became only the second woman to attain the rank of four-star admiral in the United States Navy.

Admiral Franchetti’s educational background reflects her commitment to excellence. She pursued her studies at the renowned Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and received developmental honors in history. Her journey in the military began after joining the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Programme, leading to her commission in 1985. To further hone her skills and knowledge, she pursued higher education at the Naval War College and obtained a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

Recognized for her exceptional service and dedication, Admiral Franchetti has been decorated with a series of prestigious awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).

The nomination of Admiral Lisa Franchetti heralds a momentous and progressive step in the U.S. Navy’s history, one that signifies the increasing recognition of women’s invaluable contributions to the military and positions of leadership.