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Mechanical Engineer and Midshipman Sydney Barber is the Naval Academy’s First Black Female Brigade Commander

Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber is the first Black female brigade commander, the Naval Academy announced . On Friday, Nov. 6, the Academy selected Barber since she was the top-ranked midshipman out of this semester’s board process. Her new role makes her the highest-ranked leader within the brigade as well as the only “six striper”—  the collar insignia worn on the midshipman uniform — the rank of midshipman  captain, according to the press release. “Earning the title of brigade commander speaks volumes, but the title itself is not nearly as significant as the opportunity it brings to lead a team in doing something I believe will be truly special,” Barber said in a statement. “I am humbled to play a small role in this momentous season of American history.” A graduate of Lake Forest High School in Illinois, Barber is a mechanical engineering major whose research in developing legislative strategies to address education disparities in minority communities which led to her being...

Nov 11, 2020