July 28, 1999 |
Rear Adm. Evelyn J. Fields was sworn in in Washington as the first female and first black commander of the NOAA Corps, a small uniformed service that operates ships and aircraft used to study the weather, oceans and fish. "I am proud to have such a visionary and outstanding officer . . . lead the NOAA Corps," Commerce Secretary Bill Daley said at her induction ceremony. Fields was the first woman to command an oceangoing federal ship.
June 2, 2000 |
Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, who drew national attention for making a sexual harassment charge against a fellow general, is leaving the Army today, 31 years to the day since she entered. However, her formal retirement will come in August. Kennedy, 52, has been the Army's deputy chief of staff for intelligence since May 1997 and is the Army's only female three-star general. Kennedy's departure plans were set before her accusation of sexual harassment became public in March.
July 10, 1994 |
Two years after Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer was kicked out of the National Guard for being a lesbian, the highly decorated Vietnam War veteran was back at her old job on Saturday. A federal court ordered her reinstatement last month, ruling that her discharge based on her sexual orientation was unconstitutional. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday refused to delay that order.
June 2, 1990 |
The U.S. Marine Corps' first woman general is retiring and the service said farewell with a battalion-strength parade. Hundreds of civilian and military observers were on hand for the ceremony at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia marking the retirement of Brig. Gen. Gail M. Reals. Reals, 54, had more than 35 years of military service.
March 26, 1997 |
The Army, buffeted by a sexual misconduct scandal and eager to make itself more hospitable to women, is likely soon to have its first female three-star general. Maj. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, an intelligence specialist and 28-year veteran, was nominated Tuesday to become a lieutenant general. Kennedy, who has served as the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence since July 1995, also is being nominated to serve as the deputy chief of staff for intelligence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1990 |
In 1970, when Patricia A. Tracey showed up for her first assignmentas a young Navy ensign, her commanding officer welcomed her by telling her that women didn't belong in the Navy. Furthermore, he said, he had only accepted Tracey and another female officer into his unit because he couldn't get anyone else. "I was one of the first two women assigned to the space surveillance system," recalled Tracey.