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Captain Nori Ann Reed

Nori Ann Reed


U.S. Navy, Retired


A child of military parents, Nori Ann lived all over the United States as a child but claims Sanibel Island, Florida as home. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, she entered the Navy through Officer Candidate School. She was commissioned as an officer in 1978 and initially served on Guam.

Nori Ann was accepted into the Women at Sea program in 1980. One of the first women assigned onboard Navy ships; Nori Ann served on six ships. She was the first woman to have the honor of being Captain of three ships in the US Navy, the USS KISKA, USS WILLAMETTE, and USS DETROIT. The other 3 ships on which she served were the USS FULTON, USS YELLOWSTONE and USS PLATTE. Additionally, she commanded Naval Logistics Command, US Naval Forces, Central Command (Commander Task Force 53), operating personnel, ships and aircraft over 10 countries and 2.5 million square miles of water, including the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea in support of US military forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Nori Ann’s last duty in the Navy was the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NROTC) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, training young men and women to become Navy and Marine Corps officers. After 30 years in the Navy, she retired and returned to Sanibel. She volunteers for multiple organizations on Sanibel, including the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc., and was the primary caregiver for her Mom, a former Navy nurse-which was a much harder job than commanding people, ships and aircraft over 2.5 square million miles of ocean.