Shoot Like a Girl

by Mary Jennings Hegar

Overview: In Shoot like A Girl, Mary Jennings Hegar takes the reader for a rollercoaster ride as she recounts her journey through her military career—first in the USAF and then in the Air National Guard as a pilot. Often humorous, frequently thrilling and definitely inspiring, she presents the true story of what she achieved and what she sacrificed in order to protect her fellow airman and her country. As a three-tour veteran who flew combat search and rescue missions for the ANG, MJ earned the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device. But perhaps her most important challenge was the one she encountered on American soil—the fight 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 and success.