Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will become the first Black brigade commander at the U.S. Naval Academy. The commandant of the Annapolis, Maryland, school selected Barber, of Lake Forest, Illinois, after senior leadership there interviewed 30 candidates. A mechanical engineering major, Barber plans to enter the Marine Corps upon graduation and commissioning. She is the 16th female to hold the position since women were first admitted to the academy 44 years ago.
“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 is truly special,” Barber said. “I am humbled to play a small role in this momentous season of American history.”