Martha McSally is a retired United States Air Force colonel. She was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of the prohibition of women in combat, flying the A-10 over Iraq and Kuwait. The A-10 is affectionately known as the "Warthog," and you do not want to be on the receiving end of her gun.
Gallery: International Women's Day: 3,000 years of warrior women
"International Women's Day: 3,000 years of warrior women – gallery International Women's Day marks the publication of Warrior Women: 3,000 Years of Courage and Heroism, a guide to history's heroines, from Joan of Arc to Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally. Take a look at some of the brightest, bloodiest and best."
Martha McSally • First US female combat pilot • First US female combat squadron commander In July 2004, Col (ret) McSally led her A-10 team on a combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, flying over 225 combat hours herself during a period of increased combat activity. She was awarded a Bronze Star and multiple Air Medals for her combat leadership and performance. Martha was next selected to attend the Air War College, graduating #1 in her class of 225.
On December 17 pro-Second Amendment candidate Martha McSally (R) was officially declared winner in the race for Arizonau0027s second congressional district over pro-gun control Representative Ron Barber (D-AZ-2.)