Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born
Author: Diane Diekman
When LTJG Diekman became an aviation maintenance officer (a “greenshirt”) in the U.S. Navy in 1978, her challenges included proving herself professionally before gaining the acceptance and respect routinely granted to men. The commanding officer of her first squadron fired her when she failed his hidden test to assert herself as a leader. That painful lesson strengthened the timid South Dakota farm girl and helped define her future leadership style. CAPT Diekman (retired) is now president of the Battleship South Dakota Memorial Foundation.