Band of Sisters

Band of Sisters

American Women at War in Iraq

Book - 2007
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In Iraq, the front line is everywhere...and everywhere in Iraq, women in the U.S. military fight. More than 155,000 of them have served in Iraq since 2003--four times the number of women sent to Desert Storm in 1991--and more than 430 have been wounded and over 70 killed, almost twice the number of U.S. military women killed in action in Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm combined. Band of Sisters presents twelve amazing and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in the frontlines including America_s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the U.S. military_s first black female combat pilot, a 21-year-old turret gunner defending a convoy, two military policewomen in a firefight, a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own and more.
Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780811702676
0811702677
Call Number: 956.7044 HOLMSTEDT
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Women soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Women -- United States -- Biography.

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Oct 27, 2015

This collection of personal stories about women who served in Iraq as part of the US military is an eye-opener for people who don't already know that women are serving in combat (not sure who that would be). These women deal with everything their male counterparts do and then have to deal with being one of the few women in their unit. None of these women discussed any harassment or negative attitudes (except one pilot who carefully talked about her former squadron not being very welcoming), but as an Air Force veteran myself, I'm sure they had to deal with it. Thing is, it is just like women at home or work--we suck it up and get on with things. We do our job, and then some.
Read this book to get some insight on women serving in Iraq, their lives before war, and after they return to the states. No matter where they served in Iraq or what their job was, they also put their lives on the line, because unless you are sitting back in the states pushing paper, you are in harm's way. I admire these women as soldiers and pilots and weapons experts, seamen, airmen, and Marines. No need to put "female" in front of their jobs--I admire all the folks that serve in the armed forces.

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