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

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

by Martha Laguardia-Kotite


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597976893
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 05/31/2012
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Martha LaGuardia-Kotite is a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and has served with distinction, earning many personal awards during her twenty-six years of duty. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard, a freelance journalist, and the author of the award winning So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death, she has written for top-tier publications and newspapers like The Boston Globe.

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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