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, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780811702676
Branch Call Number: 956.704434 H739b 2007
Characteristics: xxiii, 327 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Mar 25, 2018

The writing in this book is fairly pedestrian and, sometimes, just not very good. But the author took on a difficult task and deserves credit for getting military veterans to speak about their experiences.
The best parts are when the women featured speak in their own words. It is unquestionably tougher for a women in any male dominated arena, much less the military. So I do admire these women for succeeding in situations that would be difficult for anyone, without the added challenge of having to push against the male ego.

Few of them dwell on their gender, however, and only want to be thought of as part of the team.

It is also interesting to hear their perpsectives on our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obviously, most of them believe they are serving a greater good, but even some of those women acknowledge the burden they carry from taking lives, no matter the purpose. The book is a sobering reminder of the cost women, and men, carry even after they return home.

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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