Franchetti, who will be the first woman ever in the joint chief of staffs, marks another first for the Biden administration’s Defense Department, which has now had the first Black secretary of defense and the first female Army secretary.
The moves are part of a Department of Defense directive ordering the academy to address racial injustice and do away with installations that “commemorate or memorialize the Confederacy.”
The 2019 class of graduates included a record number of Black and Hispanic women.
The Pentagon confirmed Monday that the first transgender person has signed a contract to join the US military, a development made possible after a federal judge ruled that the military must accept transgender recruits.
Starting today, transgender individuals may openly join the U.S. military, this despite stiff opposition from President Trump.