The Navy’s first female Civil Engineer Corps flag officer was to take command Friday at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Headquarters in Hawaii.

Rear Adm. Kate Gregory was to relieve Rear Adm. Michael Giorgione. Gregory was promoted to rear admiral last month, becoming the first female CEC officer in the history of the Navy to attain the rank, according to a release.

A native of St. Louis, Gregory was commissioned as a CEC officer after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982. She arrives in Hawaii from Little Creek, Va., where she served as the chief of staff for the First Naval Construction Division.

She assumes command of approximately 4,000 military and civilian men and women who work for NAVFAC Pacific and its three Facilities Engineering Commands in Hawaii, Guam and Japan.

From staff reports

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