Colleen Nollet, a native daughter of Salem, MA joined the military in 2001 shortly after graduating from Lynn English High School. Her interest in computers, technology, and in securing funding for a college education led her to the Navy. Nollet’s nearly decade’s long service in the Navy included a number of roles, including Maintenance Technician, Fire Control System Operator, Support Assignment-Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar, Multinational Force, and Combat Training. Nollet’s Navy service enabled her to travel the world and included one deployment to Balad, Iraq. Nollet explains the challenges of women in the military, particularly those of single mothers raising children. She also discusses an episode of sexual harassment and the effect it had on her military career.