Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan

Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan

by Eileen Rivers


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A riveting account of three women who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men and worked with local women to restore their lives and push back the Taliban

They marched under the heat with 40-pound rucksacks on their backs. They fired weapons out of the windows of military vehicles, defending their units in deadly battles. And they did things that their male counterparts could never do—gather intelligence on the Taliban from the women of Afghanistan. As females they could circumvent Muslim traditions and cultivate relationships with Afghan women who were bound by tradition not to speak with American military men. And their work in local villages helped empower Afghan women, providing them with the education and financial tools necessary to rebuild their nation—and the courage to push back against the insurgency that wanted to destroy it. For the women warriors of the military's Female Engagement Teams (FET) it was dangerous, courageous, and sometimes heartbreaking work.

Beyond the Call follows the groundbreaking journeys of three women as they first fight military brass and culture and then enemy fire and tradition. And like the men with whom they served, their battles were not over when they returned home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306903076
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 792,296
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eileen Rivers is a USA Today editor and editorial board member. Formerly with the Washington Post, she has been writing and reporting on veteran affairs for more than fifteen years and has produced several multi-media online interactives covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A veteran of the US Army, she served in Kuwait following Desert Storm where she was sent into the former combat zone as an Arabic linguist, collecting and translating information from enemy targets. Rivers lives in Laurel, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Chronology: A History of Women in the Military ix

Preface: Finding Women's Stories of War xvii

Prologue 1

Part 1 Battle

Jamila Abbas

1 The First Run 11

2 Revolt 22

The Women of Team Lioness

3 The Beginning of Female Engagement 26

4 The Surge in Afghanistan 36

Sheena Adams

5 Always Wanted to Be a Combat Fighter 43

6 The Long March 51

Maria Rodriguez

7 Invisible 67

8 Police in Name Only 77

9 Waiting 82

10 Breakthrough 103

11 The Afghans, the Romanians, and the Americans 115

12 Businesses More Important than Bombs 124

Johanna Smoke

13 Very Old Concept, Very New Mission 132

14 Teaching Others to Flee 139

15 Jamila's Chief of Staff 146

16 When Radio Changes a War 164

17 An Unexpected Run-In 168

18 The Small Victories Women Left Behind 175

Part 2 The Wars at Home

19 Promote or Perish 187

20 Lawsuit-Pushing Against the Brass Ceiling 201

21 Military Messes Up Your Life 211

22 State of the Union 214

23 And Then You Win 220

Epilogue 225

Notes 235

Index 243

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