Doctoral Student Caroline Walsh Publishes Book

Fairly Smooth Operator: My Life Occasionally at the Tip of the Spear

Caroline Walsh, PhD in Leadership Studies Student
Caroline Walsh is a former CIA intelligence officer, Coast Guard veteran, and current PhD student in Leadership Studies. She works at USD's Military and Veteran Program office and is also an artist and course instructor for the Armed Services Arts Partnership Comedy Bootcamp. Caroline enlisted in the Coast Guard after graduating college with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and earned her Master's in Homeland Security from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 while active duty, writing her final paper on pandemic preparedness. 
 
Book Intro:
"When people ask why I joined the Coast Guard, I respond that I was twenty-two, blond, and fit. In most military services that is guaranteed sexual harassment. Why not join the one with the ocean breeze?"
 
Caroline's journey from enlisted Coast Guard member to CIA analyst includes boot camp, Hamptons yachters named Gary, meaning making in Guantanamo Bay, and a session with a Veterans Affairs-assigned therapist who has fourteen cats, one of which cures migraines. She takes you from serious topics of sexual harassment and suicide to laughing about how her predator's moment to make her prey was oddly interrupted. You are a fly on the wall during her botched FBI polygraph and will be scratching your head about her CIA classmate who U-turns during their surveillance-detection training like she just saw a sign for a sale at Macy's.
 
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Congratulations, Caroline! 
 

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