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FILM 12 Strong,


based on Doug Stanton’s non- fi ction book Horse Soldiers, tells the story of the fi rst Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Star- ring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Lt. Col. Rob Riggle, USMCR (Ret), and more, the fi lm is slated for a Jan. 18 release.


BOOK War correspon- dent Robert Pisor’s account of the Battle of Khe Sanh, Siege of Khe Sanh: The Story of the Vietnam War’s Largest Battle, 1st Edition (W.W. Norton and Co.), will be reissued Jan. 30 for the 50th anniversary of the battle. The six-month siege of Khe


Sanh in 1968 was the largest, most intense battle of the Viet- nam War. With a new preface by Mark Bowden, bestselling author of Black Hawk Down, Pisor’s im- mersive narrative of the action at Khe Sanh is a timely reminder of the human cost of war.


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Military Spouses Push for More STEM Jobs


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member of MOAA’s Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council


is encouraging leaders in science, technology, engineer- ing, and mathematics (STEM) fi elds to hire more military spouses.


Michelle Aik- man, an engineer who runs the So- ciety of Military Spouses in STEM, spoke at the Na- tional Science Foundation in Novem- ber. Military spouses with advanced degrees are at risk of being unemployed or underem- ployed, she said, so STEM orga- nizations should employ them when they can. Those in STEM fi elds tend to want to serve the greater


28 | MILITARY OFFICER | January 2018


good — not unlike the commit- ment to service military fami- lies feel, she said. But too often, military spouses with STEM degrees aren’t able to contrib- ute to their fi elds.


“This is my real-


ity, and I wish I was not the only one,” she said. “Military spouses are an under-


recognized and un- derutilized talent pool.” Aikman also en-


couraged STEM leaders to hire more veterans. Former ser-


vicemembers are innovative, driven, and bring a diverse per- spective to STEM fi elds, and diversity of thoughts can yield new ideas that can change the world, she said. — By Senior Staff Writer Gina Harkins


For Michelle Aikman’s job-searching tips for PCSing military spouses, turn to page 28. PHOTO: COURTESY MICHELLE AIKMAN


Michelle Aikman (left), an engineer and military spouse shown here with Dr. Joan Ferri- ni-Mundy, COO of the National Sci- ence Founda- tion, spoke at a Veterans Day event encour- aging STEM employers to hire military spouses.


FAMILY MATTERS


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