By Gail Harris
Whilst Gail Harris used to be assigned via the U.S. army to a wrestle intelligence activity in 1973, she turned the 1st African American lady to carry this sort of place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's warfare, follows her 28-year occupation as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her targeted adventure and viewpoint as she accomplished the complicated job of delivering intelligence help to army operations whereas additionally scuffling with the established order, workplace bullies, and politics.
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ORIENTATION: WELCOME TO THE 7TH FLEET After all of the check-in stuff was taken care of, my new bosses sent me to orientation. It started simple enough with a brief history of the command given by my new department head. He explained that Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility Western Pacific (FOSIF Westpac) was actually part of the 7th Fleet staff and that the navy had divided the world up into geographic regions with commands assigned to each area. As they say on their website, “Established in 1943, United States 7th Fleet is the largest of the Navy’s forward deployed fleets.
5 Of course, our submarine force was superior to theirs in capability, but because of the sheer number of Soviet submarines, the threat they posed could not be dismissed. S. interests. I realized I had walked into a high-stakes environment. I did my homework. I felt that I was ready for my first test as a new squadron intelligence officer, my critical first briefing to the squadron. Once a week squadrons have what is known as an All Officers Meeting (AOM), where the squadron air intelligence officer (AI) gives a current events brief.
As we prepared for what would be my last deployment, I was on cloud nine. I was finally going to get a chance to do the job I’d been preparing for since I started this journey. I was really going to be the person in charge of intelligence under a commanding officer that thought I could do it. ANOTHER KIND OF BATTLE Seems, however, I had one more hurdle to get over before I could embark on this long-awaited assignment. I began to have some serious medical problems starting with extreme tiredness, mood swings, and depression.