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Changing the Rules of Engagement
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Changing the Rules of Engagement documents the lives of American women who have shattered the glass ceiling and performed extraordinary feats while serving their country in the military. By telling their stories about their remarkable careers in traditionally male-dominated environments, Martha LaGuardia-Kotite demonstrates how tenacious and courageous women can achieve the unimaginable.Among the pioneering women profiled are Vivien Crea, who as vice commandant of the Coast Guard held the highest position of any woman in the history of the U.S. military; Tammy Duckworth, a Purple Heart recipient and triple amputee who was shot down in Iraq while piloting a helicopter; and Heather Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate, Rhodes scholar, and the country’s only female veteran in Congress. Included are the inspirational stories of women Marines, one of the three female Space Shuttle commanders, and the first female members of the military service academies’ gender-integrated classes, who recall the highs and lows of their trailblazing experiences.These are only a few of the remarkable women who tell their own inspiring stories. Representative of a widely diverse group of enlisted women and officers from different races and cultures, they have succeeded since the mid-1970s at combating prejudices and aiding change in the military with intelligence, passion, and honor.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. Rep. Jeff Miller
  3. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. 1. Out of This World
  2. Col. Pam Melroy, NASA, USAF (Ret.)
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Supersonic
  2. Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF
  3. pp. 15-24
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  1. 3. From Sea to Shining Sea
  2. Command Master Chief Mattie Wells, USN
  3. pp. 25-34
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  1. 4. Second Chance at Life
  2. Lt. Col. L. Tammy Duckworth, USA
  3. pp. 35-48
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  1. 5. “The Few, the Proud,the Women Marines”
  2. 1st Sgt. Brenda R. Chrismer, 1st Sgt. Debra A. Sharkey (Ret.), and Capt. Catherine D. Florenz Michaud, USMC
  3. pp. 49-68
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  1. 6. Her Wings Broke the Glass Ceiling
  2. Vice Adm. Vivien S. Crea, Vice Commandant, USCG (Ret.)
  3. pp. 69-80
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  1. 7. First Female Four Star
  2. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, USA (Army Materiel Command)
  3. pp. 81-92
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  1. 8. Courage on the Front Lines
  2. Capt. Maureen Pennington, USN
  3. pp. 93-104
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  1. 9. Rugged War Veteran, Glamorous Single Mom
  2. Master Sgt. Bertha Thompson, USA
  3. pp. 105-116
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  1. 10. From Colorado to Congress
  2. Rep. Heather A. Wilson, USAF (Ret.)
  3. pp. 117-124
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  1. 11. In the Men’s House:Class of 1980
  2. Sharon (Hanley) Disher, U.S. Naval Academy; Marene (Nyberg) Allison, U.S. Military Academy; Capt. Sue (Donner) Bibeau (Ret.), U.S. Coast Guard Academy; and Brig. Gen. Paula G. Thornhill (Ret.), U.S. Air Force Academy
  3. pp. 125-148
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  1. 12. Bringing Light to the Darknessof the Deep
  2. Capt. Gina Harden, USN
  3. pp. 149-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 165-170
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