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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 On June 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 li

  • Title: Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front
  • Author: Mary Jennings Hegar
  • ISBN: 9781101988435
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 commissionOn 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.

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    1. This is the memoir of Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar. She was a rescue helicopter pilot. She had successfully rescued hundreds of men and women off the battlefield. Hegar had served three tours in Afghanistan. The author briefly covers her time in high school and ROTC in college. Most of the book is about her time in military service.Hegar tells of being shot down during a rescue mission. She was also shot by the Taliban. She fought through her injuries to save the three Americans that were [...]

    2. SHOOT LIKE A GIRLOne Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the HomefrontMary Jennings HegarMY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️PUBLISHER Penguin Berkley/Recorded BooksPUBLISHED March 7, 2017A dramatic true story of one woman’s brave and selfless fight to serve her country and to improve opportunities for those women following in her footsteps. SUMMARYIn 2009, Air National Guard Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar was shot down by the Taliban while on a medevac mission on her third [...]

    3. This book was incredible. Hagar captivated me instantly with her wit and charm to her steadfast beliefs in warrior spirits and valor. Hagar details raw moments like her sexual assault by an army physician, and a helicopter shoot down on a medical mission. There is no doubt that she's a combat veteran and fierce soldier as you read each detailed page. As she grips the helicopter and shoots at insurgents, as she gives her ammo to those more in need, as she spends her retirement fighting for the eq [...]

    4. "Sometimes the biggest asset on your team isn't the one who looks like Superman. People will surprise you with the strength they can summon when tested."Fantastic memoir! For the most part (aside from numerous expletives and f-bombs) I enjoyed following Mary Jennings (MJ) Hegar's journey from being a "scared little girl" in an abusive home situation to becoming a fierce warrior, precision-skilled pilot, expert marksman, and recipient of the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Va [...]

    5. Whoa, the sexism Captain Hegar faced in the 21st century was terrible. A talented helicopter pilot, dedicated to saving lives, willing to take a bullet to protect her crew, and always running into people who told her women shouldn't be doing what she was doing. One flight instructor flunked her flights every time, while the others always passed them. When an officer asked him why, the instructor said she should be home taking care of a husband and kids. Wow! She was saving the lives of injured s [...]

    6. This is MJ's story from her own voice. She's over the top enthusiastic and an adrenaline junkie. But she also cries buckets at times. Intense highs and ferocious lows.But I hear the response here- "hey, that isn't fair". Yet it is true and because I do know she is quite a hero, that also makes her a natural for the work. Not only for her war flights and Taliban attack wounds events, but also with her honest and continuing attitude. Which encourages presently with petitioning legally within all t [...]

    7. This is a very well written book, the author has a determination beyond most people and overcame all kinds of adversity in a mostly male dominate field to reach her dreams and do a lot of great things for our country. There are times when reading this book you become totally immersed in the moment and feel as you are right there in action. A must read book for everyone. Mary will make you understand you have the grit to overcome things in your life too. A great read from a great American hero! W [...]

    8. I heard MJ Hegar interviewed on NPR and immediately decided to pick up her book. Her experiences becoming a pilot and serving in the Air National Guard are eye-opening, exhilarating, and at times disturbing. One would think the blatant sexism she experienced was something of the past, but the culture allowed in our armed services makes it not only tolerated, but at times rewarded. I don't want to give too much away, but MJ becomes a perfect plaintiff when the ACLU decides to bring a lawsuit agai [...]

    9. Very engaging memoir of a woman who served in the Air Force, including active combat in Afghanistan. Her experience, of course, encompasses women's issues in the military, but that definitely does not overshadow the interest level of her story for anyone who enjoys military or adventure reads. I do find it highly ironic that a person experiencing discrimination and abuse would continue the atmosphere of belittling women by using the word "Girl" in the title and a few places in her narrative when [...]

    10. This true story ranks with any of the best thriller fiction as Mary Jennings Hegar describes her career as an Air Force Rescue pilot. Her experiences of course include setbacks and resistance from those who doubt she could or should do the job, but also tremendous, and patriotic, camaraderie with her fellow soldiers and pilots, as well as fully-described battle action. The climactic scene at the end is not to be missed. The final chapter explaining Hegar's push to open combat jobs to women--beca [...]

    11. I loved this book. Thanks for talking about the Air Force culture. More work needs to be done in this area to see that it doesn't happen again. I am a female Air Force veteran. Thanks for writing Shoot Like A Girl. Don't give up. Keep Fighting.

    12. Отличная книга о том, что даже в 21 веке полно людей, считающих, что женщина обязана обслуживать мужа и не лезть в "мужские" профессии. И о том, что это не приговор.В связи с темой книги, особенно неприятно было прочесть в аннотации на обложке слова "всего-навсего хрупкая женщин [...]

    13. Read what I could in the bookstore and then listened to an NPR interview and read several articleI’ll get the “book” one day soon.

    14. After hearing Air Force and Air National Guard veteran Mary Jennings Hegar speak at a Veterans Conference in D.C I went home and read her incredible story. MJ's book tells about her uphill fight to become a combat pilot when many people think women can't serve in combat roles and about being shot down while on a medevac mission on her third tour in Afghanistan. MJ is the sixth woman in history to be decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross (the first being Amelia Earhart) and only the secon [...]

    15. This military memoir details the career of Air National Guard major Mary Jennings Hegar. After completing pilot training, she served three tours of duty flying search-and-rescue missions in Afghanistan. A dramatic rescue attempt results in MJ being shot down and wounded, during which she continues to fight and saves the lives of her crew and patients.She receives a Purple Heart and other medals of distinction and returns home to fight the discrimination that still existed in the military as late [...]

    16. MJ Hegar received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan after being wounded during a Taliban attack. Her actions under fire represent the best in our military traditions.However, to arrive at that moment, she had to endure the worst types of sexism and bigotry present in our society. Yet she rose to the top in training, on active duty, in the Air National Guard, and while deployed. As a civilian, MJ continues the fight. A warrior our country can be [...]

    17. A very interesting description of Mary Jenning Hegars' amazing experience as a combat pilot in the USAF and other organizations. Having served in the USAF for 20 years myself, I could identify with the discrimination she experienced and also the wonderful officers with whom she served. Shoot Like A Girl certainly showed how some women should be combat pilots!

    18. This is not a work of great literature, but is important as a record of what it takes for women to survive in the military. Hegar was truly driven and courageous.

    19. 6/16/2017 0 COMMENTSPictureReview by: Mark Palm​4 out of 5 stars​I have read more than my fair share of military biographies, and most of them are so-so, with the most notable exceptions being those of Ulysses Grant, Winston Churchill, and T.E. Lawrence. Mary Jennings Hegar’s Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and the Home Front may not quite be as good but it’s damn close. In fact, in some ways it is better. This book may not be a work of literature equal to [...]

    20. I rarely give 4 stars to a book, most are not of that caliber. This one in fact I was going to give a 3 (felt is was a 3.5 to start) but I gave it 4 due to the story and the scenario. As our fighting men/women continue to put their butts where their mouth is I find it deplorable that we have people hindering the process and basically aiding the enemy as Dr. Johnson and others did with Major Jennings. The book is a most interesting tale of some of the issues our people have to deal with. While I [...]

    21. A memoir of a former Air Force pilot who was part of a team that ran medevacs on the front lines in Afghanistan. She was also part of a team that helped put out California wildfires while between tours. Well-told in her voice, it was a gripping tale of heroics, everyday work, and also of misogyny and how she handled it. She put a spotlight on how it is to be in combat as a woman, to face people who were either for her bc she was good at her job - or against her bc of her gender. and she oftentim [...]

    22. A terrific memoir! What it means to believe in yourself when so many people keep telling you -- you will never make it.

    23. This was a quick, enjoyable (and FRUSTRATING) read. Enjoyable, because Hegar has an upfront, tell-it-like-it-is, no-holds-barred writing style. She writes candidly, telling her story in a way that drew me in. Frustrating, because it is the 21st century, and the sexism rampant throughout Hegar's story should not exist anymore. I'm grateful to Hegar for being willing to speak out about what she experienced!

    24. Picked this up because of the title (apparently it's not an insult, women tend to be better marksmen than men, for several reasons). I was surprised at how well-written it was given the lack of a ghostwriter. I was expecting the first half to be about soldiering and the second half to be about policy fighting, so I was pleasantly surprised that the exciting stuff was 9/10 of the book and there was only one chapter about suing the government.The author totally kicks ass. I like how her standard c [...]

    25. Have you ever told someone something you want to do and they laugh at you saying, "you can't do that."? You can expect at least a dozen people saying that to you, especially if you are a female. Being a female in the military is hard enough as it is, we constantly have to prove ourselves. We're constantly scrutinized or belittled because we're not strong enough, or emotionless. This is the exact reason why I felt drawn to read "Shoot Like a Girl", because being in the Army, it's everywhere. We h [...]

    26. "But many people don't know what Air Force Rescue does or that the Air Force even has helicopters. Many people don't know about the enormous contribution of the Air National Guard. Many don't think that there are women serving in combat. Others think that the women who do serve in combat shrink in fear when the bullets fly. I know differently, and I wanted to you to know, too.""I learned an important lesson about staying focused on the task at hand. It was important to have dreams, but if all yo [...]

    27. Major Jennings Hegar has my salute. Not only does she introduce us to the ambitious mind of an eager pilot, she opens wide military aviation culture, and makes that remarkable raw language enjoyable. She captures the every-moment jargon of acronyms, functional names, and historical monikers in rare fashion. We are taken on a first-hand journey through grueling training, the attitudes of self-aggrandized superiors, and the life-saving bonds of teamwork. While every page is made rich with life see [...]

    28. Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front by Mary Jennings Hegar is a serious book with a message that is relevant to all Americans, male or female, in the military or not. It is the story of a young womans struggle to be herself and to serve her nation as herself in a world that keeps trying to make her over into another person entirely.After reading her story, it is clear that M.J. (as she is called by her friends) was meant to be a pilot. It was harder [...]

    29. I originally wanted read this due to quote given by Senator McCain. I thought it would be an interesting perspective to see what Major Mary Jennings Hegar thought of being in the military. What I didn't expect to do was to be so immediately hooked in by such a great writer. Major Jennings Hegar is an exceptionally natural born author, with which this story goes from interesting to gripping. I found myself multiple days reading my entire lunch break to only find I forgot to eat. It's that good.Th [...]

    30. As a female combat veteran I was cautiously optimistic about this book. As a female vet. it is so difficult to describe your experiences accurately without sounding either whiney or over aggressive. She walks the line extremely well and gives insight on how things actually are when you are deployed. Having to re-affirm your talent and fortitude again and again and again to every new male that you encounter becomes extremely taxing and it becomes very difficult to maintain a positive attitude and [...]

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