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March 21, 2008

Women At War

Women At War

Servicewomen in Iraq now command squadrons, get in fire fights, fly planes at the risk of getting shot down, and witness the carnage caused by IED's. Today, Dick Gordon talks to 3 women who have served in the war.

Air Force Col. Polly Montgomery is both a high-ranking officer and a flyer. She says that even though she has led a distinguished career, she still has to work harder than men to prove herself.

Marine 1st Sgt. Yolanda Mayo has had 2 tours in Iraq and also served in Desert Storm. She says things have changed a lot: back then, women were never as close to combat as they are now.

While in Iraq, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Rosie Noel was injured in an explosion and had shrapnel removed from the side of her face. Rosie is a single mother of two. She says she's learned how to separate her role as a mother from her job as a Marine.

The three women are featured in a book by Kirsten Holmstedt, "Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq."


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