Today we celebrate our Independence by honoring a brave woman who gave her life for it. U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ashley White, 24, of Alliance, Ohio. Lt White was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, based in Goldsboro, North Carolina, died on October 22, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device. She is survived by her husband Captain Jason Stumpf, her parents Robert and Deborah, brother Josh, and sister Brittney.
Lt White was a member of an US Army Cultural Support Team. Cultural Support Teams were women deployed in small detachments with male infantry units in Irag and Afghanistan order to collect information from families and communicate with women without breaking cultural taboos. Women Marines and Soldiers received special combat training in order to be detached to infantry units. These women proved themselves admirably in combat situations and were instrumental in collecting intelligence that was unavailable to their male counterparts.
If you would like to know more about the women in combat and specifically Lt. White's story, please read Ashley's War. We have it in our lending library at the gym.
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