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 – whose mission, armed reconnaissance, requires its pilots to stay low and fly fast, perilously close to the fight – Smith deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the elite 2-17 Cavalry Regiment, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. She 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.
Performing under pressure and persevering under extreme duress – both in action against an implacable enemy and within the elite “boy’s club” of Army aviation – Smith enables readers to feel the experience of serving as a combat pilot in high-intensity warfare. Danger Close is a war story on one hand, and also the story of a brave pilot who fought for and earned a lifetime membership in the ranks of the best of the best.
Amber Smith is a former U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot and air mission commander. She frequently appears on national TV and radio networks, analyzing national security, military operations, foreign policy, politics, veterans’ affairs, and women’s issues. Her articles have been widely published in Forbes, The Washington Examiner, Aviation Week, and other publications.
More About the Speakers
President and Founder, Network of enlightened Women