Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, from Lake Forest, Ill., is slated to be the U.S. Naval Academy’s first African American female brigade commander. It’s the highest student leadership position at the academy.

Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, from Lake Forest, Illinois, is slated to be the Naval Academy’s first African American female brigade commander. 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. As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the US. Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Burke)