Dr. Rachel Levine sworn in as the nation’s first transgender four-star officer

Per NPR “During a ceremony Tuesday, Levine was sworn in as an admiral — the highest-ranking official of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.” Levine is transgender.

Per NPR “Levine’s appointment to the USPHS Commissioned Corps also made her the organization’s first female four-star admiral.”

Levine tweeted a video and wrote “I am deeply honored & grateful to join the ranks of men & women across this great nation who have committed to defend the United States against small & large threats, known and unknown. I promise to uphold that trust to the fullest extent of my abilities.”