USAF (Retired)  

Dr. Harshaw, the first black female Air Force MSgt. to retire with 30 years of service died Monday October 28, 2013 at her home in Lompoc, CA.
She was 98 years old.
The death was confirmed by her nephew, Franklin E. Withrow.
She was a 1940 graduate of the Tuskegee Institute and earned a Ph.D. in Human Behavior from the United States International University at San Diego, CA.
In 1943 at the height of WWII, she enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corp (WAAC).
She received numerous awards and much recognition for her over all outstanding performances contributions and accomplishments.
She retired from the United States Air Force in 1973.
In 2007, Dr. Harshaw was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal for her work with the Tuskegee Airmen.
Dr. Harshaw's life will be celebrated on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW, Washington, DC, 20024, Viewing 9 a.m. until celebration at 10 a.m. Internment immediately following Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Repast to be announced.

Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2013