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Day 2

Evelyn Fields is the first woman, and first African American, to hold the position of Rear Admiral. She is also the former director of the Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. She was also the first (and so far, only) woman to reach the rank of rear admiral in the NOAA Corps. As a new graduate in 1972 with a degree in math, Field’s first career position was as a cartographer at NOAA’s Atlantic Marine Center in Norfolk, Virginia, where she worked on nautical charting surveys. She was there less than a year when NOAA Corps Director Rear Admiral Harley Nygren decided to begin recruiting women as commissioned officers. And she is a member of Zeta Phi Beta

“The secret to success is in yourself, your own drive and determination and ability to make your own opportunities,” Fields told reporters. “You will also need all the courage you can muster, the type of courage that allows you to take chances and make mistakes, but most of all, to believe in yourself.”