Rachel Levine, Joe Biden’s pick to be the assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has now become the first transgender person to become a fully four star ‘admiral’ of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
As The Hill reports:
Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for health Rachel Levine was sworn in on Tuesday as an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, becoming the first openly transgender person to serve as a four-star officer in any of the country’s eight uniformed services.
With her new title, Levine will take on a leadership role in the public health service, a team of more than 6,000 people who respond to public health crises and natural disasters. The corps has helped support vaccinations during COVID-19 as well.
Levine is the first openly transgender four-star officer in the public health corps, or across the uniformed services of the military.
“I stand on the shoulders of those LGBTQ plus individuals who came before me, both those known and unknown,” Levine said at her swearing in. “May this appointment today be the first of many more to come as we create a diverse and more inclusive future.”
Previously Levine had previously been the health secretary of the state of Pennsylvania.