When asked about a recent engagement in which she shot missiles at insurgents planting roadside bombs, Capt. Alicia Stahlberg, an Apache pilot, said her training kicked in.
"You know if you don't do it, tomorrow they're going to blow up a coalition convoy," she said.
She said there is no difference between her and her male colleagues except perhaps her voice sounds different on the radio. That's something not lost on the ground guys.
One female Apache pilot said she was once engaged with a group of insurgents when she noticed "Marry Me" signs held by admiring soldiers on the ground.
And a male soldier recalled a recent military engagement when his commander called for close air support and a female pilot's voice was heard on the radio.
"'She sounds hot!'" the soldier said his friends said. "She did some crazy maneuver and they made the craziest, rudest comments I'd prefer not to repeat!"