Diane Jean Diekman grew up on a South Dakota farm, attended a one-room country school in the Hidewood Valley , and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1968. Today she is a retired U.S. Navy captain and an author.
Four years at Augustana College in Sioux Falls , South Dakota , provided her with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, English and Spanish. When a mandated closure of rural schools ended her teaching dream, Diane enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After two years as an aviation storekeeper, she attended officer candidate school and earned a commission in 1975.
Designated an aeronautical maintenance duty officer in 1979, Diane w