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For Immediate Release (01-12)
Date: February 16, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

First African-American Woman Navy Admiral to Speak
At Montgomery College, Rockville Campus on February 23
Former Rockville Resident to Address Issues of Women in the Military

As part of Montgomery College’s celebration of Black History Month, Rear Admiral L. Elaine Fishburne, the first African-American woman to reach the rank of admiral in the U.S. Navy, will speak at the College’s Rockville Campus on Friday, February 23 at noon in the Theatre Arts Building.

Admiral Fishburne, who was raised in Rockville and graduated from Richard Montgomery H.S., will share her unique experiences while climbing the ladder of success as a naval officer in a presentation titled, "Women in the Military: One Woman’s Journey."

In her 20-plus years of naval service, Admiral Fishburne’s career has taken her from Navy recruit to her current position as deputy director and fleet liaison of the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Directorate.

She has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Admiral Fishburne’s lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 240-567-5063.

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