Profiles of Bravery

Lt. Gen. Nadja West

Lt. Gen. Nadja West

2016: First black female lieutenant general and the highest-ranking woman to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III

2012: First black vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army and first black commander of U.S. Central Command

Maj. Gen Marcia M. Anderson

Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson

2011: The Army's first black female reserve officer to obtain the rank of major general

Command Sgt. Maj. Evelyn Hollis

Command Sgt. Maj. Evelyn Hollis

2004: First black female command sergeant major of a combat arms unit

Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones

Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones

2003: First black female command sergeant major of the Army Reserve

Gen. Colin L. Powell

Gen. Colin L. Powell

1989: First black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Maj. Gen. Fred A. Gorden

Maj. Gen. Fred A. Gorden

1987: First black commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks

1980: First black U.S. Military Academy cadet brigade commander or “First Captain”

Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson-Brown

Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson-Brown

1979: First black chief of the Army Corps and first black female brigadier general

Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr.

Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr.

1975: First black four-star general

Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr.

Clifford L. Alexander Jr.

1977: First black secretary of the Army

Maj. Della H. Raney

Maj. Della H. Raney

1942: First black chief nurse commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp

Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr.

Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr.

1940: First black general officer in the regular Army and the U.S. Armed Forces

Second Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper

2nd Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper

1877: First black cadet to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy

Sgt. William Carney

Sgt. William Carney

1863: First black Medal of Honor recipient

Cathay Williams

Cathay Williams

1866: First black female to enlist in the Army