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Worth a Listen: NPR Interview with Female Apache Pilot

written by Matt Elliott
on September 08, 2010

NPR's Morning Edition today included an interesting report from Afghanistan. It was an interview with Chief Warrant Office Stephanie Rose, who is an Apache helicopter pilot currently on her third combat tour.

After two tours in Iraq (in 2006 and 2008), Rose is now in northern Afghanistan, where Taliban activity is on the rise. In the interview, she talks about being one of the first women to pilot an Apache attack helicopter, the challenges she faced during training and the change in attitude she's seen in the Army toward female pilots. Rose also provides a gripping account of a narrow escape from a suicide bomber in Iraq and shares the question she asks herself before pulling the trigger when on patrol in Afghanistan.

This first-hand account from a soldier who has experienced combat in Iraq and Afghanistan is worth a listen.

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