Lieutenant (junior grade) La’Shanda Holmes became the first African American woman Coast Guard helicopter pilot.
Brigadier General Marcia M. Anderson became the first African American woman to attain major (two-star) general officer rank in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Pratima Dharm became first U.S. Army Hindu chaplain and the first woman chaplain of Indian descent in the U.S. Army.
Michelle J. Howard became first African American woman to earn three-star rank in the U.S. Navy
Army Major Tammy Duckworth and Army National Guard Captain Tulsi Gabbard became first woman combat veterans to be sworn into Congress.
Colonel Miyako N. Schanely became the first Japanese American women general officer in the U.S. Army.
Michelle J. Howard became the first woman and first African American four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy
Lieutenant General Nadja West became the first African American appointed Army Surgeon General and the first African American woman to attain three-star general officer rank.
Marta Carcana confirmed as the first Puerto Rican woman to lead the Puerto Rican National Guard and promoted to major (two-star) general.
Simone Askew became the first African American woman to be First Captain of the United States Military Academy (West Point) Corps of Cadets.
Colonel Lorna M. Mahlock became the first African American woman nominated for brigadier (one-star) general officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Estella Blas Aguon became the first Guam Army National Guard member to complete the U.S. Army Ranger training course.
Sergeant First Class Janina Simmons became the first African American woman to graduate U.S. Army Ranger School.
Saleha Jabeen became the first woman Muslim chaplain in the U.S. Air Force.