An award-winning author and professional journalist for two decades, Amy Goodpaster Strebe has worked as managing editor of several newspapers around the country, as well as contributed numerous freelance articles to both national and international publications.
Born in La Jolla, California and raised in San Diego, Strebe graduated from the University of San Diego High School. After spending a semester studying in London and traveling extensively throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
While earning a graduate degree in modern European history from San Jose State University, Strebe completed her master’s thesis on the American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and the Soviet airwomen of World War II, a subject she continues to research and write about today.
Strebe’s latest book, titled Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II, was published in 2007 by Praeger Security International. The paperback edition was published by Potomac Books in 2009. Strebe frequently gives lectures on the subject of her book at museums, schools, civic groups, military organizations, and conferences nationwide.
Strebe’s first book, Desert Dogs: The Marines of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was published in May 2004 by MBI. While researching the book, Strebe drew upon her experiences as managing editor of The Georgia Guardian when she accompanied the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia on deployment to the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Thunder in 1998. Based out of a cabal deep in the Kuwaiti desert near the Iraqi border, Strebe, along with photographer Russ Bryant, documented the daily lives of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment.
Strebe has written articles on the subject of her historical research in Russian Life, Flight Journal, and WWII Quarterly magazines. An editorial Strebe wrote on the WASP receiving the Congressional Gold Medal was published in the March 6, 2010 issue of The Wall Street Journal. Strebe was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social and Military History, published by ABC-CLIO in 2004. In addition, Strebe wrote the foreword to World War II Russian pilot Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova’s autobiography, Red Sky, Black Death: A Soviet Woman Pilot’s Memoir of the Eastern Front, published by Slavica Publishers in 2009.
Serving as a subject matter expert, Strebe is often interviewed by the media about her book Flying for Her Country. She was interviewed by the BBC in London for a radio program broadcasted worldwide on Nov. 2, 2009 about the “Night Witches” – the Soviet women combat pilots of World War II. In addition to the BBC, Strebe has also done interviews for Voice of America in Moscow, Agence France-Presse, Veterans Radio, Weider History Group, KPBS’s These Days, and KCBQ’s On Air Aviation radio programs, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Strebe serves on the Board of Directors for the National WASP World War II Museum located at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and two children.
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