Barbara Wujciak (b. 1961) was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but spent the majority of her adolescence in North Carolina.
Wujciak aspired to attend to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from an early age, and was nominated by Democratic U.S. representative Lawrence H. Fountain for an appointment to the Academy, but was initially rejected. After attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a year, she was accepted to and began her studies at the Naval Academy in 1980. In 1981, Wujciak was discharged from the Academy on charges of being a lesbian.
Subsequently, with the assistance of another service member who had been discharged from the Naval Academy, Wujciak created the United States Naval Academy Out group. She also began serving on the Board of Directors for the Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network.
Having already received a degree in optometry, Wujciak joined the United States Air Force Reserves in 2009 as an optometrist at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C., and in December 2010 she attended Officer’s School. Wujciak now works as a Blue and Gold Officer, recruiting high school students for the U.S. Naval Academy.