Women In The Navy – Preview

Women In The Navy – Preview


>>WELCOME BACK TO NORFOLK
PERSPECTIVES. THERE’S SOME AWESOME STUFF
TAKING PLACE AT WATERSIDE DRIVE IN NAUTICUS ON THE SECOND FLOOR.
THE HAMPTON ROADS NAVAL MUSEUM IS DOING SOME GREAT STUFF AND
BRINGING IN A WHOLE NEW TOPIC THANKS TO LAURA ORR, DEPUTY
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. HOW YOU DOING?
>>I’M DOING WELL.>>IT’S TIME TO EDUCATE.
YOU SAY WOMEN IN THE NAVY, I MEAN, I CAN GO ANYWHERE WITH
THAT, BUT WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF IT?
>>THE FOCUS OF THIS PROGRAM IS THE DIFFERENT WATERSHED ERAS
FROM WORLD WAR II TO THE PRESENT DAY.
WE’RE BRINGING IN WOMEN WHO WERE IN THE NAVY IN WORLD WAR II, IN
THE 1970s, AND THE PRESENT DAY TO TALK TO OUR VISITORS ABOUT
THEIR EXPERIENCES WHEN THEY WERE IN THE NAVY.
>>AND SO REAR ADMIRAL ANN PHILLIPS.
>>YES.>>I GOT R.E.T. BEHIND THIS.
>>RIGHT.>>FAIRLY NEW.
>>YES.>>U.S. NAVY.
>>YES.>>HOW LONG WERE YOU IN?
>>ALMOST 31 YEARS.>>HOLY MOLY!
>>A LONG TIME.>>HOW DID IT ALL GET STARTED?
RIGHT NOW WE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED THAT WOMEN CAN GO AS FAR AS THEY
WANT IN THE NAVY AND ANY POSITION, EVEN SUBMARINES.
>>EVEN SUBMARINES.>>BUT 31 YEARS AGO, THAT WASN’T
THE CASE, WAS IT?>>IT WAS MUCH MORE RESTRICTIVE,
BUT I WAS FORTUNATE TO JOIN — TO GET MY COMMISSION ONCE SHIPS
HAD OPENED TO WOMEN, SO I WAS ABLE TO START IN THAT PROGRAM AT
THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER AND TO STAY WITH IT FOR THE DURATION
OF MY CAREER.>>BECAUSE I’M OLD ENOUGH TO
REMEMBER THAT TERM WAVE.>>RIGHT.
THAT’S PRETTY OLD.>>OH, THANKS.
BUT THE PROGRAM WAS OLD. THE PEOPLE —
>>THE PROGRAM WAS OL’, YES.>>THAT REALLY WAS KIND OF
THE — WAS THAT THE ENTRY POINT FOR WOMEN IN THE NAVY?
>>IT WAS. WOMEN SERVED BEFORE WORLD WAR
ONE PRIMARILY AS NURSES AND DURING WORLD WAR I THEY SERVED
AS YEOMEN AND THE WAVE –>>WHICH WAS LIKE A SECRETARY.
>>LIKE A SECRETARY, AND THE WAVE PROGRAM, WOMEN SIGN UP FOR
VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY PLACE, ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE, STARTED?
WORLD WAR II AND CAME CAME ON BOARD TO SUPPORT MANY ROLES.
>>BUT NONCOMBAT.>>NONCOMBAT.
>>WHICH MEANT THEIR CAREER WAS LIMITED TOO, RIGHT?
>>IT WAS LIMITED.>>WHEN DID THINGS START OPENING
UP?>>THE WAVES PROGRAM WAS
ACTUALLY IN EXIST ENS FROM THE ’40s INTO THE ’70s AND IT ENDS
IN THE LATE ’70s AND BECAME A PROGRAM WHICH EVENTUALLY
DISSOLVED VERY QUIETLY INTO WOMEN BEING SAILORS AND
OFFICERS.>>SO WHEN YOU JOIN 31 YEARS
AGO, WHAT WAS YOUR VISION OF YOUR CAREER?
>>I THOUGHT I WOULD DO MY REQUIRED TIME, WHICH WAS THREE
YEARS AND THEN SEE WHAT HAPPENED.
SO WHAT HAPPENED WAS GOOD. SO I STAYED.
>>LAURA, WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE ARE PEOPLING TO TO
HAVE?>>IT’S AN EVENING EVENT, FREE
OF CHARGE, AND IT’S A PANEL OF WOMEN COMING IN.
ANN IS GOING TO BE OUR MODERATOR FOR THAT FAMILIAR AND I’M GOING
TO LET HER TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WOMEN WHO ARE GOING TO
BE COMING TO SPEAK.>>BECAUSE YOU HAVE SOME REALLY
COOL GUESTS.>>YES, PEOPLE WHO MOST PEOPLE
HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.>>AND THESE ARE THE KIND OF
PEOPLE YOU PICK UP THE PHONE AND SAY, HEY, THIS IS ANN?
>>SURE, ABSOLUTELY.>>IS THAT HOW IT WORKS?
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>WHO DO YOU HAVE COMING?
>>WE HAVE AN OFFICERS IN WORLD WAR II, A DISBURSEMENT OFFICER
AND ISABELLA BRYANT, LIVES IN VIRGINIA RIGHT NOW.
SHE WAS A SPECIALIST-Q DESIGNATION.
ALSO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AND SERVED IN HAWAII AND OTHER
PLACES. BOTH OF THOSE LADIES ARE GOING
TO BE THERE TO JOIN US AND WE ARE THRILLED TO HEAR THEIR
STORIES. IN ADDITION, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE
JOANNE TEAL, A DATA PROCESSING TECHNICIAN, CHIEF, RETIRED SHE
LIVES LOCALLY ALSO, SERVED FROM 1973 TO 1993.
THE END OF THE WAVES, THE END OF THE COLD WAR, SO SHE SAW
TREMENDOUS CHANGE DURING HER TIME AND WE’LL HAVE VICE ADMIRAL
NORA TYSON, CURRENTLY THE DEPUTY XANDER OF FLEET FORCES —
COMMANDER OF FLEET FORCES COMMAND.
SHE COMMANDED SQUADRONS, COMMANDED THE BATON HDR 5 HERE
IN NORFOLK. ALSO THE STRIKE GROUP AND
CURRENTLY THE DEPUTY COMMANDER HERE, SO WE’RE THRILLED TO HAVE
HER WITH IT.>>ARE YOU GOING TO SNEAK YOUR
STORY IN THERE TOO?>>MAYBE A LITTLE BIT.
THE STORY IS ABOUT THE OTHER LADIES, BUT I’M A 31-YEAR, FIRST
WOMAN TO COMMAND A SQUADRON, A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN THE
PENTAGON AND WAS FORTUNATE TO END MY CAREER HERE, RETIRING OUT
OF COMMAND OF EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP TWO, THE AMPHIBIOUS
FORCES OF THE EAST COAST.>>SO HOW IS CIVILIAN LIFE?
>>IT’S GREAT, IT’S GREAT. I’M ENJOYING IT.
>>BUT YOU HAVE TO PICK OUT WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO WEAR EVERY
MORNING, RIGHT?>>YOU DO.
>>DO THEY PREPARE YOU FOR THAT?>>THEY DO, OF COURSE, BUT I’M A
COLLEGE STUDENT, I’M AN EMBA STUDENT AT WILLIAM & MARY AND
I’M ENJOYING THAT.>>THAT IS SO COOL.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO IN ABOUT TWO YEARS?
>>WE’LL SEE.>>OPEN FOR —
>>I AM.>>BECAUSE THERE’S A CYCLE THAT
COMES UP.>>THERE ARE, BUT I’M THRILLED
TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND LOOKING
FORWARD TO ALL KINDS OF OPTIONS.>>THAT’S AWESOME.
SO THE EVENT IS GOING TO BE ON MARCH 4th.
>>YES.>>FROM 6:00 ON 8:00.
>>IT’S A WEDNESDAY EVENING.>>IS IT KIND OF FIRST COME
FIRST SERVE?>>WE DO NEED RSVPs.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD AND WINE.
THAT’S AN IMPORTANT PIECE.>>WAIT A MINUTE, WE HELD OFF
TALKING ABOUT THE FOOD AND WINE UNTIL THE END.
>>THAT’S IMPORTANT, ISN’T IT? IT’S A COMPLETELY FREE PROGRAM,
BUT WE NEED RESERVATIONS BY FRIDAY THE 27th OF FEBRUARY, SO
WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD.
>>AND CAN THE GUYS SHOW UP?>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>YOU GET TO MEET THE SPEAKERS AFTER THE PROGRAM, SO IT SHOULD
BE REALLY INTERESTING.>>WELL, THANKS FOR JOINING ME
ON THIS AND IT — YOU KNOW, WE TAKE SO MUCH FOR GRANTED TODAY,
BUT TALK ABOUT A PIONEER, JUST A FEW YEARS AGO IN REALLY CHANGING
THE NAVY UP TODAY. AND THANKS FOR EVERYTHING THAT
YOU’VE DONE.>>THANK YOU.
THANKS FOR HAVING US TODAY.>>GOOD LUCK IN YOUR TRANSITION.
THAT’S COOL.>>THANK YOU.
>>>WHEN WE COME BACK, LEARN HOW TO SWIM AND BETTER YET, LEARN
HOW TO SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE WHO’S SWIMMING.
STAY TUNED.

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