Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front

Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front

by Mary Jennings Hegar


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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.       



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101988442
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 124,183
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar lives in Austin with her family and works as an Executive Coach and Consultant. She gives back to her alma mater by mentoring cadets and guest-lecturing at the University of Texas. MJ continues writing and speaking about her experiences in the military and her fight for increased military effectiveness through equality.

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Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written book about a woman combat warrior flying a Pave Hawk helicopter. This book kept my attention throughout. It was inspiring to read about a strong woman working equally beside men in her unit. Her success and high quality skill as a Co Pilot in a military helicopter was amazing. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible story of strength and perseverance! Very inspiring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One woman’s bravery who continues to fight the prejudices faced by many, and sets an amazing example for other women and men.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MJ is truly a beacon for all young women trying and succeeding in making their way through this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it twice in 2 months, looking forward to reading it again and again .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago