1st Black Female Brigade Commander At Naval Academy

| December 5, 2020


Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber

The Annapolis student body is called The Brigade, and is headed by a 1st Class midshipman who has been chosen for outstanding leadership performance to be Brigade Commander. In this case she is responsible for much of the Brigade’s day-to-day activities, as well as professional training of other midshipmen.

Congratulations, young lady. The competition for the semester long position is tight- 30 applicants are screened and ranked by Academy Senior Leadership, among other hoops.

Ex-PH2 sends.

FIRST BLACK FEMALE TO LEAD BRIGADE OF MIDSHIPMEN

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Commandant of Midshipmen announced the spring semester midshipman leadership positions, Friday, Nov. 6, which includes the selection of the Naval Academy’s first African American female brigade commander, Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, of Lake Forest, Ill.

The brigade commander is the highest leadership position within the brigade, and is the only “six striper”– a reference to the collar insignia worn on the midshipman uniform, the rank of midshipman captain. The semester-long position is currently held by Midshipman 1st Class Ryan Chapman and is selected through an application and interview process by senior leadership from the Commandant’s staff.

The first female brigade commander was then Midshipman 1st Class Juliane Gallina from the class of 1992, who served in the position during the fall of 1991. Barber will be the sixteenth woman selected for brigade commander in the 44 years women have been attending the Naval Academy.

Barber, a graduate of Lake Forest High School in Illinois, is a mechanical engineering major and aspires to commission as a Marine Corps ground officer. As a walk-on sprinter and hurdler of the Navy Women’s Varsity Track and Field team, she has lettered all three years of competing and is a USNA record holder for the outdoor 4x400m relay. She is the co-president of the Navy Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club, secretary for the National Society of Black Engineers, and a member of the USNA Gospel Choir and Midshipman Black Studies Club. Barber served as the 13th company’s executive officer this past Plebe Summer and currently serves as the brigade’s 1st regiment executive officer.

Read the rest here: USNA.edu
Researching Ex’s tip led me to articles from several of the usual suspects, which quickly devolved her achievement into talking points on America’s dark past and still prevalent racism. USNA provided the most balanced report, even if the six stripes are not collar devices as they state.
Thanks, Ex.

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  1. Slow Joe says:

    As long as it was not affirmative action, I got no issues with it.

    I blame the social injustice warriors for the doubts in people’s minds every time a minority person achieve anything.

  2. KoB says:

    Congratulations to this Young, soon to be Marine Officer, Sydney Barber. Seems as if she made her accomplishment on the merits of her abilities instead of “other considerations.”

    As the upcoming Brigade Commander, does this mean she gets tickets to the (GO) Army (BEAT) Navy whooping? How about front row tickets to an up and coming part 2 motion picture release? Will they cook her a holiday goose? Keys to a restored Maverick? Glad her career is not on ice, man, and I doubt if any of the Male Middies would lose a loving feeling for her.

  3. Sparks says:

    Congratulations Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber! I hope this begins a long and great career in the marines.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Congrats to this young lady, who seems to have a pretty level head on her shoulders. Good all-around scholar and athlete. She’s already risen to meet the road ahead, and should have the wind at her back.

  5. ninja says:

    A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber for her selection of being chosen as the Brigade Commander!

    Her Background shouts it all as to the reason she was chosen:

    “Barber, a graduate of Lake Forest High School in Illinois, is a mechanical engineering major and aspires to commission as a Marine Corps ground officer. As a walk-on sprinter and hurdler of the Navy Women’s Varsity Track and Field team, she has lettered all three years of competing and is a USNA record holder for the outdoor 4x400m relay. She is the co-president of the Navy Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club, secretary for the National Society of Black Engineers, and a member of the USNA Gospel Choir and Midshipman Black Studies Club. Barber served as the 13th company’s executive officer this past Plebe Summer and currently serves as the brigade’s 1st regiment executive officer.”

    BZ!!

  6. Sapper3307 says:

    Yawn!
    “First” has lost almost all value (except on open threads) lately.

  7. Green Thumb says:

    If she is qualified, she is qualified.

    The way the military should work.

    Next.

  8. SFC D says:

    Ok, you checked the blocks that satisfies the “woke” people. Now put that behind you, go out and do the best job you possibly can. That’s what counts, not the color/gender stuff.

  9. Graybeard says:

    I hope she doesn’t get to feeling that her accomplishment is being cheapened by all the ‘SJWs’ out there trying to make points off her hard work.

    Good job, young lady. Keep up the good work.

    (And GO ARMY BEAT navy!)

  10. IDC SARC says:

    I’d hit it.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Who? You? Hit that? Where is my shocked face?

      Welcome Home our Brother! Good to hear from you again. You have been missed. Thanks to you and those like you for the work that y’all doing. Continue to stay safe and healthy!

    • ChipNASA says:

      And I’d hold IDC SARC’s beverage whilst he is doing PT with this young Midi.

      WELCOME BACK IDC SARC!!!! (You were missed, where the fuck was ya?!?!?!)
      Cheers
      Chipmesiter