Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt will become the first female commanding officer of an aircraft carrier. The Navy announced Dec. 23 that Bauernschmidt will become skipper of the San Diego-based Abraham Lincoln sometime this summer, once she finishes the standard curriculum of nuclear power, aviation and leadership training required of all carrier commanders.
Bauernschmidt will assume her new job by moving up from another milestone she set, having served as the first executive officer of an aircraft carrier. She held that position on the Lincoln from September 2016 to January 2019.
A Milwaukee native, Bauernschmidt graduated from the Naval Academy in 1994 as part of the first class that allowed women to serve on combatant ships and aircraft. She became an aviator in 1996, flying in numerous helicopter squadrons before taking command of Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 on the amphibious transport dock San Diego.