Jim Jewell’s new book, Steel Decks and Glass Ceilings: A Navy Officer’s Memoir, is now available.
Steel Decks and Glass Ceilings: A Naval Officer’s Memoir is the story of the USS Yosemite’s six-plus month deployment to the Indian Ocean in 1983-84. Yosemite was a destroyer tender, i.e., a ship that provided repair, maintenance, and other services to destroyers and other combatants. During that deployment, Yosemite was the first Navy ship with enlisted females and officers to spend extended out of port time. Jim was the executive officer, the second in command, of the ship.
Jim has worked various jobs totaling thirty of them and travelled to over twenty six different places during his seventy-plus years of living. He has had eleven Navy tours in 23 years. Only two were shore tours. Counting those Navy tours, he crossed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans twenty-four times. He has been a grave digger, disc jockey, sports editor, Naval Surface Warfare Officer, Leadership consultant and facilitator, executive coach, columnist, and director of programs for a tugboat company.
Through it all, he has always been a writer. In 2013, he published his book, A Pocket of Resistance: Selected Poems. His last job ended in July 2017 after The Lebanon (TN) Democrat published his 500th weekly column, “Notes from the Southwest Corner.”
Jim is now retired and writing for the joy of it. He is working on several books, playing golf, working on home projects, and traveling to be with family and friends.
Jim is a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. A native of Lebanon, Tennessee, he lives with his wife Maureen Boggs Jewell in California (she’s a native). They have two daughters. Blythe with her husband, Jason Gander, and their son, Samuel James Jewell Gander (named after his great grandfather) who live in Texas, and Sarah who lives in California.