Here's a "first" worthy of note:
Rear Adm. Nora Tyson will become the first woman to take command of a carrier strike group in a ceremony Thursday aboard the carrier George H.W. Bush at Norfolk Naval Station.
Tyson will assume command of Carrier Strike Group 2 from Capt. Jeffrey Hesterman, the acting commander.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Tyson is a 1979 graduate of Vanderbilt University. She earned her wings as a naval flight officer in 1983 and received a master's degree in national security and strategic affairs from the U.S. Naval War College in 1995.
As commander of the Norfolk-based amphibious assault ship Bataan, Tyson led the Navy's disaster relief efforts on the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Under her command, the Bataan deployed twice to the Persian Gulf in support of the Iraq war.
Other tours at sea included duty as assistant operations officer aboard the training carrier Lexington and as navigator aboard the carrier Enterprise.
Best of luck to her and all the sailors in CSG 2.