Shoot Like A Girl

Shoot Like A Girl

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

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Penguin Putnam

On June 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.                           

Baker & Taylor
An Air National Guard officer describes her experiences after being shot down on a Medevac mission in Afghanistan and her efforts to convince the U.S. government to allow women to serve openly on the front lines.

& Taylor

An Air National Guard Major describes her experiences after being shot down on a Medevac mission in Afghanistan, recounting the courageous acts that saved lives and earned prestigious decorations before she began efforts to convince the U.S. government to allow women to serve openly on the front lines.

Publisher: New York, New York : New American Library, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101988435
Branch Call Number: 958.10474 H3616s 2017
Characteristics: 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Shot down on a Medivac mission on her third tour in Afghanistan, Air National Guard Major Mary Jennings Hegar did not allow that set back to dampen her sense of justice after coming home. Also available in Audiobook CD, downloadable Audiobook and eBook.

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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).

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.

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!

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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