By Gail Harris
While Gail Harris used to be assigned through the U.S. military to a wrestle intelligence activity in 1973, she grew to become the 1st African American lady to carry one of these place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's conflict, follows her 28-year occupation as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her specific adventure and point of view as she accomplished the complicated job of supplying intelligence aid to army operations whereas additionally combating the established order, place of work bullies, and politics.
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This command asked for you. They really went out of their way to get you. Isn’t this one of the most prestigious assignments a junior intelligence officer could receive? ” By the time my ride arrived, I had managed to start getting my act together. I spent the next couple of days getting all the administrative stuff done, which in the military can be a pretty tedious process. I had to get indoctrinated into all of the various security clearances I would need for my new job, arrange to be paid, take my medical records to the hospital, pick up my car from the sea port, and find a more permanent place to stay.
I just figured it was part of the price I paid for being a pioneer. Over the years, I’ve learned that personal biases and prejudices can cause you to view a person or group through a much distorted filter. If you don’t watch yourself, it can develop into a very unhealthy obsession. Nonetheless, I was excited that I would finally be allowed to use all of the training I had received. I can remember standing around the runway waiting to leave for Adak in anticipation of the first major test of my newfound capabilities.
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. My apartment was on the second floor, and when I got there I was so tired I had to lie down. I also had itchy skin often so intense that the only relief I could get was by sitting in a tub of cool water. I started having heart palpitations and nearly fainted at work one day.
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