By Gail Harris
Whilst Gail Harris was once assigned by way of the U.S. army to a wrestle intelligence activity in 1973, she turned the 1st African American girl to carry any such place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's struggle, follows her 28-year profession as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her targeted adventure and point of view as she accomplished the advanced activity of offering intelligence help to army operations whereas additionally scuffling with the established order, workplace bullies, and politics.
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I was later told that some of the initial resentment and skepticism toward me had been due to the commanding officer instructing everyone to take down their nude centerfolds and watch their language because a woman was coming on board. Remembering to pull on the sense of humor my instructors felt was essential to my survival, I found a way to deal with the language thing without upsetting the apple cart. ” I took a more direct approach with the centerfold issue by hanging a Playgirl centerfold of a naked guy on skis in my office and invited the commanding officer down to look at it.
MY NEW N2 For the last part of my orientation, my new commanding officer took me down to fleet headquarters in Yokosuka to meet the 7th Fleet intelligence officer (called the N2) and his staff. I was excited because it was one of the rare occasions in my career when I actually got to go on a Navy ship. The laws permitting women to serve on combat ships wouldn’t come until the mid-1990s. The N2 was very kind to me during the meeting. I gained a valuable insight into intelligence politics during the meeting, as the N2 and my boss discussed the professional performance of the junior intelligence officers assigned to the various aviation squadrons operating in the 7th Fleet area.
Citizens, territory, and maritime interests in the region; deter aggression; and if deterrence failed, conduct combat operations. PERSISTENCE—THE KEY TO SUCCESS 33 I was excited to learn that the fleet headquarters was located aboard a ship that operated out of Yokosuka, Japan. As my supervisor continued my orientation, I learned that my new organization was considered the intelligence arm ashore of the 7th Fleet. He emphasized that the purpose of our command FOSIF Westpac was to augment the 7th Fleet ship board intelligence staff and assist them in the intelligence evaluation process.