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"When I came in, I just wanted to increase my musical career...and now I see it as a lot more than just a musical outlet." (Audio interview, 18:32)

   Charity Ann Barron Mahannah
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War: War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
Branch: Navy
Unit: Atlantic Fleet Band
Service Location: Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington
Rank: Petty Officer
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Searching for a way to pursue a professional career in music, Charity Ann Barron Mahannah came up with a creative solution: she joined the military. A flautist, she chose the Navy because there, she could be a musician first and a sailor second. Enlisting in 1997, she was stationed with the Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, Virginia. In her oral history interview, she stresses the benefits of her musical military life, but admits that being a female musician made her somewhat of a novelty on base.

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Graduating from college; trying to find a job; looking for a way to become a musician; choosing the Navy. (01:12) Her responsibilities as a Navy musician; other roles she plays; memorable concerts. (02:04) Structure of a typical day. (01:24)
Her experience as a woman serving in the military. (01:26)  

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