sff_corgi_lj: (Birthday cupcake)
It's STILL Heidi's birthday, and we have confirmation of at least ONE MORE back safe from Iraq! Myfanwy's husband is ON U.S. SOIL TONIGHT after deployment for a year!
sff_corgi_lj: (Birthday cupcake)
Your difference in age is divisible by a unit of decades, but I won't say which.

Instead of cake, and with appropriate timing (i.e., I just found out about it), I give you an Act of Progress (partial quote):

And bits from the Guardian:

sff_corgi_lj: (TV - SG's Dr. Janet Frasier)
Myfanwy sent this to me - this is the part of Virginia to which my quasi-brother-in-law's been posted:

sff_corgi_lj: (Knackered)
Margarethe CammermeyerMarch 16:
Margarethe Cammermeyer

Glenn Close starred as Col. Cammermeyer in the TV biopic Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, winning the 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special' Emmy; the movie received several other Emmys as well as numerous other awards.

According to this September 2006 interview, Cammermeyer had received a letter in 2006 asking her to return to active service despite her public exposure as a lesbian.

And from her website:
sff_corgi_lj: (TV - SG's Dr. Janet Frasier)
Adm. Grace HopperMarch 10:
Grace Murray Hopper

(She carried around nanoseconds to show people!)
sff_corgi_lj: (TV - SG's Dr. Janet Frasier by chiroho)
Marcelite Harris

Maj. Gen. Harris icon

Major General Marcelite Harris is a woman of "firsts." She was the first woman aircraft maintenance officer for the United States Air Force; she was the first woman deputy commander for maintenance; she was one of the first two women air officers commanding at the U.S. Air Force Academy. General Harris served her entire 30+ year Air Force career as a woman with a mission to be the best. 1 The Air Force sent her to aircraft maintenance school, and being a quick study, Harris learned. "I thought men had been keeping all this a secret," she said, laughing. "It wasn't all that hard." In the service, she earned respect. "When I was in Thailand, one of my airmen said to me, 'A woman can't do this job,'" Harris recalled. "I said, 'What about me?' He said, 'You're different.'" 7

From September 1975-May 1978 she was a personnel staff officer and White House social aide, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

As Director of Maintenance, General Harris organized, trained and equipped a work force of more than 120,000 technicians and managers, and maintained a $260 billion plus Global Reach Global Power aerospace weapons systems inventory, She developed maintenance policy, ensuring the readiness of the single largest element of manpower supporting Air Force combat forces worldwide. She determined and successfully defended an annual budget of more than $20 billion to the office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Management and Budget and Congress. 1

At the time of her retirement in 1997, Harris was the highest ranking female officer in the Air Force. She then became Director of Operations Support and Logistics Processes for the United States Space Alliance, the company contracted by NASA for the launch and recovery of the space shuttle 2 from 1999-2002. Harris found being a manager at a large, private aerospace contracting company in Florida a sometimes trying experience. She liked her colleagues and made good friends, but found that the military, it was not. "In civilian life, you can tell your boss to go fly a kite," as long as you're willing to look for another job, Harris said recently. "I didn't understand" the different attitude. 7 The mismatch prompted her to leave after three years.

She kept a position on the Board of Directors for The Astronauts Memorial Foundation. 3 Governor Jeb Bush recently (2003) nominated a replacement for Harris on Board of Supervisors, Florida Space Authority.

In 2002, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg appointed, to the surprise of many, Joel I. Klein as Chancellor of the new Department of Education. 4 And as it turned out, Klein was searching for someone who was a self-starter with deeply ingrained discipline, who was good at implementing strategies and tactics and who had the outstanding leadership qualities and stubborn drive to serve as his Chief of Staff. Given these requirements, looking for a person with a lifetime of stunning success in the military was perhaps not as unusual as it would seem at first glance.

"I come from a family of educators," she says, relaxing in the spacious fourth-floor conference-room in the Tweed Courthouse. "My great-great grandfather established a school for African-American children. His son, my grandfather, became an architect after being one of the first blacks ever at MIT. My mom was a high school librarian, and her brother is a teacher and principal. He was the Vice Principal at my junior high school, in fact." 2

Joel Klein said about her appointment as his Chief of Staff, "...The Air Force has not been historically congenial to women, much less to African American women. I brought her in partly because she is a unique national treasure, but more importantly because she has a quality that a lot of educational operations lack: She understands what it is to accomplish a mission." 5

Most recently, Harris was one of the keynote speakers at the Sally Ride Science Festival held in Orlando Feb. 2, 2003. It is one of the projects from Ride's Imaginary Lines company, designed to keep middle school girls interested in math, science and technology. 6 Then perhaps the military-civilian mismatch came into play again, as Harris resigned after less than six months on the job as Education Chief of Staff. Her replacement was announced in March, 2003. She is now retired in Manhattan, engaged, and thinking of relocating to Florida. 8

Many have recognized the dedication and excellence of Marcelite Harris including the National Organization of Tuskegee Airman, naming her Woman of the Year. Dollars and Sense Magazine, honored her as 'Most Prestigious Individual'. Harris was named "Military African American Woman" for contributions to the Department of Defense, National Political Congress of Black Women. She was noted as "Black Woman of Courage" by the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners. Harris received the prestigious 'Ellis Island Medal of Honor."

General Harris received many medals and decorations including the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf clusters * Presidential Unit Citation * Air Force Commendation Unit Award with "V" device and eight oak leaf clusters * Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. She has a B.A. degree in speech and drama from Spelman College in Atlanta and a B.S. degree in business management from the University of Maryland.

1 http://www.wic.org/bio/mharris.htm
2 http://www.educationupdate.com/archives/2002/dec02/issue/spot_harris.html
3 http://www.amfcse.org/Board/harris.htm
4 http://www.pencil.org/publicschools/eyeoned/archive_090402.htm
5 http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/feature-commentary/20021014/202/128
6 http://www.imaginarylinesinc.com/press/newspapers/030120FloridaToday.shtml
7 http://www.wbbusa.com/pressroom05162003.htm
8 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/v-pfriendly/story/64809p-60400c.html


(See also: http://www.army.mil/soldiers/apr1998/features/tomb.html)


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