One of Foreign Policy Magazine's "100 Leading Global Thinkers" of 2013 (pdf here) (interactive web feature here)
One of Newsweek's "125 Women of Impact" of 2012
(pdf here) (interactive web feature here)
Nominated by the Service Women's Action Network in the New York Times to attend the 2014 State of the Union address (article here)
Professional Member, National Speakers Association
2013 Austin Toastmasters Communication Achievement Award
Six Sigma Black Belt
2008 California Aviator of the Year
Currently attending The University of Texas Executive MBA program Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device (6th woman to receive a DFC...the 1st was Amelia Earhart)
8 Air Medals
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Toastmasters Conference: "You kept us all riveted with your story and story-telling skills, taking us from racing hearts to laughing and crying."
University of Maryland School of Law: "Major Hegar was everything we could have hoped for and more. Engaging, professional, knowledgeable...[she] maintained the perfect balance between seriousness and humor throughout her address."
Metropolitan Breakfast Club Meeting: "Your confidence, competence, planning, preparation and professionalism were all on display as you engaged our audience with 'edge-of-the-seat' stories sprinkled with your own unique 'MJ brand' of humor."
Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar