By Gail Harris
While Gail Harris used to be assigned by means of the U.S. military to a wrestle intelligence task in 1973, she turned the 1st African American woman to carry the sort of place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's battle, follows her 28-year profession as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her specified event and viewpoint as she accomplished the complicated activity of delivering intelligence help to army operations whereas additionally scuffling with the established order, workplace bullies, and politics.
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I guess that was his way of preparing me to not be surprised if the 7th Fleet intelligence officer or any of his staff called me at work requesting information on current events. That sure never happened to me in my job as squadron intelligence officer. I had figured I was too far down the food chain for those folks to notice me or even know my name. OSIS My organization was part of a new worldwide network set up by naval intelligence to provide operational intelligence (OPINTEL) to the fleet. The Navy’s other forward deployed fleet at the time was 6th Fleet, which operated in the Mediterranean.
On the first two days of your rotation, you came in to work from seven in the morning to three in the afternoon. Because of the intensity of the work environment, you were expected to actually arrive at work an hour before your scheduled watch, and you generally didn’t leave until an hour after your shift was over. On the second day, you started your watch at seven, left work at three, and had to be back at eleven the evening of the same day to stand a watch from eleven at night to seven the next morning.
I learned that the thyroid controls the body’s metabolism, and Graves’ disease causes your body’s metabolic rate to run too fast. If not caught in time a person can die of heart failure. Apparently, because my case had not been diagnosed earlier, I was a very sick woman. I had to have surgery to remove 90 percent of my thyroid gland, thereby missing the first month of my “dream” deployment. Again, though I thought I’d been dealt a bad blow, it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.