Sydney Barber To Turn out to be First Black Girl To Serve As US Naval Academy Brigade Commander

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Sydney Barber is making historical past by changing into the primary Black lady ever to function brigade commander on the U.S. Naval Academy.

Officers introduced on Monday (November 9) that the Midshipman 1st Class officer will maintain the best management place throughout the brigade for the spring semester and is the sixteenth lady to carry the place. The primary feminine brigade commander was Midshipman 1st Class Juliane Gallina in 1992.

“Incomes the title of brigade commander speaks volumes, however the title itself just isn’t practically as vital as the chance it brings to steer a crew in doing one thing I consider can be actually particular,” Barber said in a statement. “I’m humbled to play a small position on this momentous season of American historical past.” 

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Barber, who’s from Lake Forest, Illinois, is finding out mechanical engineering and hopes to change into a Marine Corps floor officer. She additionally created a STEM mentorship program for younger ladies of coloration and arranged a networking breakfast for present college students and alumni.

Barber has interned with the Division of Power’s Lawrence Livermore Nationwide Laboratory and was named a 2020 Truman Scholar nationwide finalist for her analysis on creating legislative methods to handle schooling disparities in communities of coloration.

“Sydney stands out amongst her friends, for not solely her exemplary file, however for her clear imaginative and prescient of how she intends to make the world a greater place and her accompanying bias for motion,” Lt. Cmdr. Darby Yeager stated in an announcement.