Shoot Like A Girl

Shoot Like A Girl

One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front

Book - 2017
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"A must-read about an American patriot whose courage and determination will have a lasting impact on the future of our Armed Forces and the nation."--Senator John McCain

On July 29, 2009, Air National Guard major Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar was shot down while on a Medevac mission on her third tour in Afghanistan. Despite being wounded, she fought the enemy and saved the lives of her crew and their patients. But soon she would face a new battle: to give women who serve on the front lines the credit they deserve...
 
After being commissioned into the U.S. Air Force, MJ Hegar was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard, finished at the top of her class, then served three tours in Afghanistan, flying combat search-and-rescue missions, culminating in a harrowing rescue attempt that would earn MJ the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device.
 
But it was on American soil that Hegar would embark on her greatest challenge--to eliminate the military's Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which kept female armed service members from officially serving in combat roles despite their long-standing record of doing so with honor.
 
In Shoot Like a Girl , MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.       

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

INCLUDES PHOTOS

Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101988435
Characteristics: viii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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kpelish
Jul 24, 2017

Gritty and doesn't spare the personal angst/triumphs. Liked the fact that she shared how often misdeeds are covered up, and the fact that she both kept on going despite some nasty attempts to push her out, and also acknowledged her own propensity to be "macho". Her curtness cost her emotionally with her dad. Very interesting introduction to flying rescue in a helicopter, the exclusive, awful SERE training, and how teams bond (or...don't).

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theflowoflife
Jun 16, 2017

A fabulous book about MJ's struggle to be treated as an equal in a male dominated culture. She wasn't for one minute going to give up on her dream of becoming a pilot. This book should be assigned to every girl as required reading in high school.

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lilypad_1
Mar 27, 2017

Mary Jennings Hegar is one proud and brave woman- but also smart, talented, skilled, determined, and amazing. I am not a bit surprised at the sexual harassment and discrimination and am surprised it wasn't worse. I am also sure it is still going on as we have just seen with the marines face book postings of current female marines' nude pictures w/o their consent or knowledge March 2017.
If you are an aspiring pilot or want to join the armed services this book is for you, if you like reading about strong woman, this book is for you, too!

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StarGladiator
Feb 16, 2017

Now, I haven't read this book yet, and do not wish to detract from it, but reflect upon this: think of the similar heart-warming stories which might have been written by women in Afghanistan when it was a secular-government nation, when women worked and attended school to the college level, before President Jimmy Carter issued a secretive presidential directive to destabilize that country, colluding with Saudi Arabia to move Islamic extremists [Wahabists] to the northern border of Afghanistan, then mostly populated by the moderate Sufi Muslims? Might the stories they told be different, more peaceful? But the Carter, Reagan, Clinton administrations supported the destruction of the secularists by the extremists, who murdered those not quick enough to flee the country.

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