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Radm. Lillian Fishburne

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Rear Admiral

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
There is a reason for everything.

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1949
Birth Location:
Patuxent River, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Rear Admiral

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
There is a reason for everything.

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1949
Birth Location:
Patuxent River
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Biography

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Fishburne was born on March 25, 1949 in Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduating from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) with her B.A. degree in 1971, Fishburne enrolled in the U.S. Navy Women’s Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1973. Fishburne went on to receive her M.A. degree in management from Webster College in 1980 and her M.S. degree in telecommunications systems management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1982. In addition, she is a 1993 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, in Washington, D.C.

Fishburne was first assigned as the personnel and legal officer at the the Naval Air Test Facility in Lakehurst, New Jersey. In 1974, she reported to the Recruiting District in Miami, Florida as a Navy officer programs recruiter where she worked until 1977. She then served as the officer-in-charge at the Naval Telecommunications Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Fishburne reported to the Command, Control, and Communications Directorate in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations where she served as the assistant head of the Joint Allied Command and Control Matters Branch. In 1984, she became an executive officer at the Naval Communication Station in Yokosuka, Japan before being named as the special projects officer for the Chief of Naval Operations in the Command, Control, and Communications Directorate.

In 1992, Fishburne was appointed as the commanding officer of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Key West, Florida; and, in 1993, she was assigned as the chief of the Command and Control Systems Support Division of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Systems Directorate of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Fishburne assumed command of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Eastern Pacific Station in Wahiawa, Hawaii in 1995, and then reported to the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Directorate, Chief of Naval Operations where she served as the director of the Information Transfer Division. On February 1, 1998, Fishburne was promoted to U.S. Navy Rear Admiral making her the first African American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.

Fishburne’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 28, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lillian Fishburne's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lillian Fishburne lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lillian Fishburne describes her mother's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lillian Fishburne describes her mother's family background, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lillian Fishburne describes her father's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lillian Fishburne describes her father's family background, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her father's service in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lillian Fishburne speaks about helping her father study for the E7 exam and how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her older brother and which parent's personality she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lillian Fishburne describes her earliest childhood memory and the sights, sound and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lillian Fishburne describes her elementary school experience and move to Rockville, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her family's move to Taiwan, China
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her junior high school and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her junior high school and high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lillian Fishburne discusses the role church played in her growing up, and her childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her career aspirations in high school and attending college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lillian Fishburne discusses her studies at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her commencement at Lincoln University and spoken word artist, Gil Scott Heron
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lillian Fishburne describes her job search after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lillian Fishburne talks about joining the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lillian Fishburne discusses her training in the Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lillian Fishburne comments on the treatment of minority women in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lillian Fishburne talks about black women officers in the U.S. Navy and her duties as an ensign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lillian Fishburne discusses her first assignment at the U.S. Naval Air Test Facility in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her recruiting duties in Miami and work as a communications officer in Great Lakes Region
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her post graduate education and how she met her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her telecommunications training, the birth of her daughter, and early FORTRAN computers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her work for the Pentagon and in Japan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lillian Fishburne discusses the confidential nature of her work for the Pentagon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lillian Fishburne describes her work as Commanding Officer for Naval Computer and Telecommunications in Key West
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her work with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lillian Fishburne discusses her command of the Naval Computer Telecommunications Station in Hawaii
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lillian Fishburne talks about being the U.S. Navy's first African American woman rear admiral
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lillian Fishburne discusses the U.S. Navy's progress concerning race
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lillian Fishburne describes some of the challenges for women in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lillian Fishburne discusses her family and her retirement from the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lillian Fishburne discusses her and her mother's illness and her interest in helping children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lillian Fishburne reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lillian Fishburne talks about her family, her philosophy on managing people and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lillian Fishburne describes her photos