Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar
Pre-order your copy of Shoot Like a Girl today! Pub date is March 7, 2017.
For a signed copy, please order from Austin's Book People (click here). MJ will be signing copies on March 30th.
Read what Senator John McCain had to say about the book after reading an advanced copy:
“Major Mary Jennings Hegar has established her warrior credentials, joining an elite group of American service members who have bravely served our nation in combat. In ‘Shoot Like A Girl,’ Major Hegar shares her remarkable experience on the front lines both overseas and at home – from exchanging fire with the Taliban and saving her comrades in Afghanistan, to fighting to open all combat positions to women in military. ‘Shoot Like A Girl’ is a must-read about an American patriot whose courage and determination will have a lasting impact on the future of our Armed Forces and the nation.”
-- Senator John McCain
Major Mary Jennings Hegar, one of Foreign Policy Magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 and one of Newsweek's 125 Women of Impact of 2012, was commissioned into the Air Force through ROTC at The University of Texas in 1999. She served on active duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer at Misawa Air Base, Japan, and Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri where she worked on the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Her maintenance career culminated in responsibility for 75% of all B-2 maintenance as a Captain and selection as the Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2003. In 2004, she was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard. Upon completion of her training at the top of her class, she served three tours in Afghanistan flying Combat Search and Rescue as well as Medevac missions.
During her time in the Guard, in addition to the deployments to Afghanistan, Major Hegar flew marijuana eradication missions, wildfire suppression with buckets of water on cargo slings, evacuated survivors from hurricane-devastated cities, and rescued many civilians on civil Search and Rescue missions in California and out at sea. On her third tour to Afghanistan on July 29th 2009, she was shot down on a Medevac mission and sustained wounds resulting in her being awarded the Purple Heart. Her actions on this mission saved the lives of her crew and patients, earning her the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device (making MJ the sixth woman in history to receive the DFC...the first was Amelia Earhart...and only the second ever to receive it with the Valor Device). In 2012, Major Hegar filed suit against the Secretary of Defense asserting that the Combat Exclusion Policy was unconstitutional. In 2013, the Secretary of Defense repealed the Policy effective immediately.
Today, MJ lives in Austin with her family and works as an Executive Coach and Consultant. She has an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of Leadership Austin's Essential Class of 2015. MJ gives back to her alma mater by teaching in the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, mentoring cadets at the university, and serving on the AFROTC Advisory Committee. She continues to write and speak publicly about her experiences in the military and her fight for increased military readiness through equality. MJ is currently represented by The Lavin Agency speakers bureau and Gillian Mackenzie, literary agent. Her new book SHOOT LIKE A GIRL will be published in March of 2017 by Penguin Berkley Caliber, and the movie has been optioned by TriStar with Angelina Jolie reported to be playing MJ.