Changing the Rules of Engagement: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Leadership from Women in the Military

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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 ...
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Changing the Rules the Engagement: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Leadership from Women in the Military

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Overview


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.
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Changing the Rules of Engagement is an anthology full of journeys that must be shared. I’m so glad that Cmdr. Martha LaGuardia-Kotite has made it her mission to delve into the personal stories of seventeen trailblazers and share them with all of us.”—From the foreword by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chairwoman, Democratic National Committee

Changing the Rules of Engagement helps strengthen my belief that we should honor our service members and veterans every day of the year. LaGuardia-Kotite and the women she interviewed will surely serve to inspire future generations of young women to follow in their footsteps and achieve excellence in our nation’s armed forces.”—From the foreword by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

“Most of us from that pioneer generation of women in defense have been too busy to stop and take notice of how far we’ve come in the last thirty years. With Changing the Rules of Engagement, Martha LaGuardia-Kotite has given us the chance to do so, and the journey is indeed wondrous to behold.”—Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, Fox News national security analyst and former national security official in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations

“Martha LaGuardia-Kotite deserves our thanks for sharing the incredible stories of those who paved the way for all of us serving today. I am struck by the courage and humanity of the women she features and by the fact that they are my contemporaries. In a single generation, we’ve witnessed great transformation in our armed forces!”—Capt. Melissa Bert, USCG

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Changing the Rules of Engagement is an anthology full of journeys that must be shared. I’m so glad that Cmdr. Martha LaGuardia-Kotite has made it her mission to delve into the personal stories of seventeen trailblazers and share them with all of us.”—From the foreword by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chairwoman, Democratic National Committee
Rep. Jeff Miller

Changing the Rules of Engagement helps strengthen my belief that we should honor our service members and veterans every day of the year. LaGuardia-Kotite and the women she interviewed will surely serve to inspire future generations of young women to follow in their footsteps and achieve excellence in our nation’s armed forces.”—From the foreword by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland

“Most of us from that pioneer generation of women in defense have been too busy to stop and take notice of how far we’ve come in the last thirty years. With Changing the Rules of Engagement, Martha LaGuardia-Kotite has given us the chance to do so, and the journey is indeed wondrous to behold.”—Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, Fox News national security analyst and former national security official in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations
Capt. Melissa Bert

“Martha LaGuardia-Kotite deserves our thanks for sharing the incredible stories of those who paved the way for all of us serving today. I am struck by the courage and humanity of the women she features and by the fact that they are my contemporaries. In a single generation, we’ve witnessed great transformation in our armed forces!”—Capt. Melissa Bert, USCG
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597976893
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 921,984
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha LaGuardia-Kotite is a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and has served with distinction, earning many personal awards during her twenty-two years of duty. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard, a freelance writer, and the author of So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death (2006), she has written for top-tier publications and newspapers. She lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with her husband and two sons.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz xi

Foreword Rep. Jeff Miller xv

Prologue xvii

1 Out of This World Col. Ram Melroy 1

2 Supersonic Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski 15

3 From Sea to Shining Sea Command Master Chief Mattie Wells 25

4 Second Chance at Life Lt. Col. L. Tammy Duckworth 35

5 "The Few, the Proud, the Women Marines" Brenda R. Chrismer Catherine D. Florenz Michaud 49

6 Her Wings Broke the Glass Ceiling Vice Adm. Vivien S. Crea 69

7 First Female Four Star Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody 81

8 Courage on the Front Lines Capt. Maureen Pennington 93

9 Rugged War Veteran, Glamorous Single Mom Master Sgt. Bertha Thompson 105

10 From Colorado to Congress Rep. Heather A. Wilson 117

11 In the Men's House: Class of 1980 Sharon (Hanley) Disber Marene (Nyberg) Allison Cap. Sue (Donner) Bibeau (Ret.) Brig. Gen. Paula G. Thornhill 125

12 Bringing Light to the Darkness of the Deep Capt. Gina Harden 149

Index 159

About the Author 165

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