Shanti Sethi, a forward-thinking Indo-American Navy veteran, has joined the office of Vice President Kamala Harris as executive secretary and defense adviser, according to a media report.

Sethi, the first Indian-American commanding officer of a major US Navy combat vessel, recently joined Vice President Harris’ office, Politico quoted the vice president’s senior adviser, Herbie Ziskend, as saying.

In his new role, Sethi coordinates documentation for the national security adviser in the vice president’s office, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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Sethi commanded the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur from December 2010 to May 2012. She was also the first female commanding officer of a US Navy ship to visit India.

When she joined the Navy in 1993, the combat exclusion law was still in effect, so she was limited in what she could do. However, when she was an officer, the exclusion law was lifted.

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“I was able to move into a career path that was much more open to me because I was stepping into this very male-dominated environment,” Sethi told USA Today in an interview last year.

Sethi’s father immigrated to the United States from India in the early 1960s.

Harris is the first ever person of Indian descent to be elected Vice President of the United States.

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