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Women play key role in military operations overseas despite low numbers of female soldiers

(04/27/06 4:00am)

It's hard to imagine Jennifer Baker in uniform. Wearing jeans and a cardigan, she bears more resemblance to a 1950s movie star than to GI Jane with her blonde hair, manicured nails and radiant smile. One would certainly never think that she had been flown into a small Afghan village to search for Taliban members in hiding. Or that she had witnessed the agony of a young child whose leg had to be amputated after he got in the way of a grenade.