MAJOR MARY JENNINGS HEGAR was commissioned into the Air Force through ROTC at The University of Texas in 1999.  She served on active duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer at Misawa Air Base, Japan, and Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri where she worked on the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the B-2 Stealth Bomber.  In 2004, she was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard.  Upon completion of her training at the top of her class, she served three tours in Afghanistan flying Combat Search and Rescue as well as Medevac missions.  On her third tour to Afghanistan on July 29th 2009, she was shot down on a Medevac mission and sustained wounds resulting in her being awarded the Purple Heart.  Her actions on this mission saved the lives of her crew and patients, earning her the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device.  In 2012, Major Hegar filed suit against the Secretary of Defense asserting that the Combat Exclusion Policy was unconstitutional.  She won her case in 2013 when the Secretary of Defense repealed the Policy effective immediately. @mjhegar