Female Colorado submarine sailor, 2 others make history by earning Dolphins pin

Pin is awarded to submariners after qualification

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY, Ga. - A Colorado native was one of the first female U.S. Navy submarine sailors to earn a Dolphins pin.

Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque and two others were awarded the pin during a ceremony this week at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on Georgia's coast. She serves on a submarine based in Georgia.

The Dolphins pin is something all Navy sailors must earn within two patrols to qualify to serve on a submarine. Earning the pin requires sailors to pass a qualification process that covers virtually all of the submarine's systems.

Leveque, who is assigned to the ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming received her pin on Dec. 5. Her husband, Lt. j.g. Luke Leveque of the ballistic missile submarine USS Maryland, put the pin on her uniform.

Leveque accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy before the Navy decided in 2010 to allow women to serve on submarines. When the Navy announced that women could serve on submarines, Leveque said it was an opportunity she wanted to pursue.

The other two women awarded the pin were Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan.

"I'm thrilled. It's a huge accomplishment," Noonan said.