She learned to fly before she could drive

Combat helo pilot and 'Danger Close' author Amber Smith

Phil Briggs
August 01, 2019 - 4:38 pm
Former Army combat helicopter pilot Amber Smith


What does it feel like to fly a combat mission?

We'll hear all about it from Amber Smith, and she'll describe why she was literally born to be a military aviator.

We talk about her book "Danger Close; My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan"  and how she has gone from flying combat missions in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter to being the former Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Outreach and Public Affairs.

In this epsisode we'll hear about:

  • Growing up with a runway and a plane
  • Flying to breakfast
  • Flying into battle
  • What we should know about being a woman warrior in the "boys club"
  • How is the VA for women today?
  • Doing PR for the DOD
  • Who let Gene Simmons into the Pentagon?

Former Army combat helicopter pilot Amber Smith

Danger Close

Also on this episode, Connecting Vets, Capitol Hill Reporter Abbie Bennet shares stories about new research for PTSD and Phil Briggs discusses the Marine Corps hazing incident that was a real low blow.  

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Alleged Marine Corps hazing incident was a real ballsy move

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