Women on Aircraft Carriers – Has it Really Been 20 Years?
February 22, 2024 (Thursday, 1900 EST)
Captain Valerie Ormond, USN (ret.), Founder, Veteran Writing Services LLC
Secretary of Defense Les Aspin made life-changing history in 1993 when lifted the combat exclusion policy permitting women to serve on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. By 1994, the first American female aviators flew combat missions launched from the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Navy women then had career opportunities previously unavailable to them. But was it all smooth sailing? As one of the first women on a combat deployment onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, retired Navy Captain Valerie Ormond shares personal perspectives on this pivotal period of time.
Valerie Ormond retired as a Navy Captain after a 25-year career as an intelligence officer and founded her own business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC. She provides companies and organizations professional writing, editing, and consulting services. Valerie has authored three novels centered around a military family, Believing In Horses, Believing In Horses, Too, and Believing In Horses Out West, which have won fourteen national and international awards. Her fiction and non-fiction stories and poems have been published in books of multiple genres, and her articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and blogs. She is the Vice President of the Military Writers Society of America, is on the board of the Virginia Press Women Foundation, and is a member of numerous equine, writing, and veteran organizations.