officer told - that a man in this position
would have had two to three sea tours in
positions that would have prepared rum for
tJ:is duty. Because women had come late to
combatant ships, she had prepped herself
without the e:ll.'perience.
The F- 14 was making a high-speed
low-level pass over another vessel when it
exploded and crashed. The plane rut the
ocean at the speed ofsound with no time
for the two crew members to get out.
Capt. George Galdorisi, a colleague of
Phillips' that day, recalled the way she took
control of the situation. 'Just as you can
imagine, the chaos - launch the search-
and-rescue bird - just watching the way
she handled that. It was an island of calm in
a sea of chaos. Taking command when peo-
ple were trying to come to grips with
Phillips said, "People who were there
who'd just put their trust in a person who
hadn't done this before saw that [ would
act, that I wouldn't just stand there. I say
that to my]Os [junior officers] -
"Ann hit the ground running," Gal-
dorisi said. "You don't get to that rank
without having an enormous amount of
talent. Ann blended. There are some people
who come into a work enviromnent and
say, 'I'm a woman, ['nl a nunority, ['nl the
son of the head of the company.' Ann
blended. You stopped thinking about it. It
was beyond not being an issue."
The command of a srup while it literally
is taking shape in the yard is a special chal-
lenge, says Capt. David Lewis, manager of
the Navy's AEGIS shipbuilding program.
(AEGIS is the designation of
"There isn't a ship, and there isn't a crew.
You have to build them," Lewis said, "and
you have to build the culture ofthe ship
from scratch." There are about 200 things
under the CO's responsibility that have to
be done just right, Lewis says, and the prob-
lem is there's no way to do more than 25 of
them. The CO has to choose the right 25,
and those 25 change every day.
"She picked the right ones every day,"
he said. "She's very good with details, but
she doesn't micromanage. She is a very
strong advocate for the crew." Lewis was
involved in required missile firing tests,
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