The U.S. Navy is to appoint Bowen Schmidt as the first female commander of a U.S. mothership, expected to take over in 2022.
The U.S. Navy is set to appoint its first female commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, expected to take over in 2022.
Amy Bauernschmidt, a U.S. Navy captain, will be recommended to lead one of the 11 nuclear-powered ships in the United States, foreign media reported. Navy spokesman Zachary Harrell also confirmed the announcement, saying the carrier to which Bowenschmidt will be assigned has not yet been confirmed, but it is expected to be the first woman to lead an aircraft carrier in 2022, which would be a U.S. historic initiative.
Since graduating from the Naval Academy in 1994, Bowen Schmidt’s career has broken down barriers. In 2016, she became the first female officer to serve as executive officer of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. She served on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
Bowen Schmidt is a professional pilot who has served in several helicopter squadrons. According to her Navy resume, she was most recently in charge of directing amphibious transport terminals in San Diego. She has been looking forward to commanding aircraft carriers for years. In a 2018 interview with Milwaukee’s NBC15, she noted that commanding an amphibious ship is just one of the steps needed to achieve that goal.
“It won’t be easy.” Speaking about the naval Air Command selection process, Bowen Schmidt said: “… You have to compete with people who are as smart and as capable as you, who are doing the same thing, and it’s hard.”
Ms. Bowen Schmidt’s 1994 naval Academy graduated for the first time as Congress repealed laws that barred women from serving on warships and planes. She told CBS News the move changed her life.
In an interview during her time as executive officer of the Abraham Lincoln, she said she was not afraid of failure and tried to act as a mentor to men and women in the Navy.
“Service… For the young people I lead every day.” “They’re great,” she told CBS News.