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History and Heritage

Fleet Beldo Talks National African-American History

A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

Fleet Master Chief April Beldo reflects on the legacy of African Americans in the U.S. Navy and shares her own inspirational career story with All Hands Magazine.


"Thirty-one years ago, I joined the United States Navy as an undesignated Airman and with the help of some great mentors, hard work and remembering some special Sailors who went before me, I'm here," Beldo said.

Fleet Master Chief April Beldo serves in one of four Fleet Master Chief positions in the Navy, assigned to Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) under the Chief of Naval Personnel. Beldo is the first African American female Fleet Master Chief in the Navy and only third woman to hold this position. Beldo was also the first African American female Command Master Chief to serve aboard a nuclear aircraft carrier.
Navy Photo


Navy Photo