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Amber Smith flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. One of only a few women to fly the Kiowa Warrior helicopter, Smith rose to pilot in command and air mission commander in the premier Kiowa unit in the army, repeatedly flying into harm's way during her 2005 and 2008 deployments with the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. Smith takes you into the heat of battle, enabling listeners to feel, hear, and smell the experience of serving as a combat pilot in high-intensity warfare. She learned to perform under pressure and persevere under extreme duress - both in action against an implacable enemy and within the elite boys' club of army aviation.

©2016 Amber Smith (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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With so many other books out about war already available written by men I found this book very interesting. It was interesting to read what women go through while on deployments, something much of use probably don't even think about.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 06-28-17

Riveting

Smith comes from a family of pilots. Her grandparents, parents and two sisters are all pilots. Her grandfather and father flew in the military. Smith tells of growing up in the State of Washington, flying her father’s planes and having a runway on their farm. She was at university on 911. She dropped out of university to join the Army to fly helicopters. She tells of the apprehension of going from a fixed wing pilot to the helicopters. She flew Kiowa Warrior helicopters for the 2-17 Calvary Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (The Screaming Eagles). She rose to pilot-in-charge and Air Mission Commander. She fought in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005 and 2008.

The book is well written. Smith provides enough detail to bring the reader into the story without being too technical. She tells of pushing herself to achieve and never giving up. Smith tells of serving with her sisters in Afghanistan. Her older sister is Air Force Captain Kelly Smith, she flies the Lockheed C130 Hercules Military Transport for the 146 Airlift wing. Her younger sister, Lacey, joined the Army to fly helicopters. She flies the Black Hawk Helicopter. Amber Smith went on to obtain her bachelor and master degrees in aeronautics. This would make a good book for a high school student to read. I could not put this book down.

The book is eight hours long. Rachel Fulginiti does a good job narrating the book. Fulginiti is an actress, voice over artist and award-winning audiobook narrator.


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interesting account.

pretty good history. Sad about the crash investigation. Some things never change. Predict lives on.

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even non-aviators can enjoy this book.

It brought back many memories for me. I think the suck and pride will. come across for most. Thank you Amber!

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The Title of this book is Misleading

The title should read, "The Army Taught Me How Combat Helicopters, And I Earned My Wings". Or just remove the first two words......

Using the phrase Danger Close implies that stories might be told about support missions where attacks are called in 'danger close'. Although it may happened, it isn't described in this volume.

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