Amber Smith is the author of the highly-acclaimed new book, Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan. Smith flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. One of only a few women to fly the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter—whose mission, armed reconnaissance, required its pilots to stay low and fly fast, perilously close to the fight—Smith deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the elite 2-17 Cavalry Regiment, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. She rose to Pilot-in-Command and Air Mission Commander in the premier Kiowa unit in the Army.
Amber frequently appears on national TV networks, including Fox News and Fox Business, analyzing national security, military operations, and foreign policy. Her articles have been widely published in Forbes, The Washington Examiner, Aviation Week, The Federalist and other publications. Smith has traveled across the nation to tell her inspirational story of perseverance and determination, and to speak to military and corporate audiences, veterans organizations, and on Capitol Hill.
Amber has a master of science degree in safety, security, and emergency management with a specialization and graduate certificate in Homeland Security from Eastern Kentucky University. She earned a bachelor of science in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.