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VP Biden highlights big year at academy

VP Biden highlights big year at academy

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:54 am
By: AP

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden Friday highlighted a milestone year for women at the U.S. Naval Academy, taking special note during the academy’s commissioning ceremony of 11 graduates who will be the first women to serve on submarines.
Biden, whose recognition of the women brought huge cheers from the crowd of students and parents, said they will inspire others to serve the nation in ways they never thought they could.
The Navy in April lifted a ban on women serving on submarines, where concerns about cramped quarters and long tours at sea kept them off-limits even after female sailors began work on surface ships in 1994.
Jessica Wilcox, one of the future submariners, said she will be going to the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C., in October to begin her submarine training.
The breaking of the barrier was especially satisfying to Sharon Disher, who was one of 55 women who first graduated from the academy in 1980. She attended the commissioning ceremony to watch her daughter, Alison, and her son, Brett, graduate in the class of 2010.
Published in The Messenger 5.31.10

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