Thursday, June 8, 2023

Dr. Rachel Levine Sworn In As First Four Star US Military Officer

Dr. Rachel Levin, the assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, made history Tuesday when she became the first openly transgender four-star officer in the nation’s eight uniformed services. She is also the first female PHSCC four-star admiral.

“This is a momentous occasion, and I am honored to take this role for the impact that I can make and for the historic nature of what it symbolizes,” Levine said in remarks after taking the oath of office Tuesday. “I stand on the shoulders of those LGBTQ+ individuals who came before me — both those known and unknown.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra called Levine’s appointment “a giant step forward towards equality as a nation.” 

“This is a proud moment for us at HHS,” he said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Levine became the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.

Levine, a pediatrician and former Pennsylvania health secretary, is the USPHS Commissioned Corps’ sixth four-star admiral.




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