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The first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat, Lt. Col. Martha McSally, stands by her A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft at Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan, in 2006. Now retired, she is offering advice to women’s advocates and the Pentagon on how best to integrate women into the previously all-male world of ground combat. (U.S. Air Force)

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