By Gail Harris
Whilst Gail Harris used to be assigned through the U.S. military to a wrestle intelligence task in 1973, she turned the 1st African American girl to carry any such place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's warfare, follows her 28-year occupation as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her detailed event and standpoint as she accomplished the complicated activity of supplying intelligence aid to army operations whereas additionally struggling with the established order, workplace bullies, and politics.
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The activity level we had to monitor was intense. The Soviets would launch aircraft and simulate attacks on our ships operating in the Sea of Japan or they would fly reconnaissance aircraft overhead or do both things on the same day. They might test the Japanese air defenses by flying close to Japanese air space or send submarines and surface ships to tail our ships. The watch had to anticipate the moves of the Soviet forces and make sure the 7th Fleet knew each move to keep ahead of the power curve.
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. As I watched, I got my first look at some F-14s as they were doing their flight proficiency practice take offs and landings. Awestruck, I watched as one landed and both crew members turned and pointed in my direction. Even though I thought surely they couldn’t be looking at me, I decided to wave and see what would happen.
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.