First Lieutenant Ashley White died in Afghanistan last weekend along with Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, of San Diego, Calif., and Pfc. Christopher A. Horns, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Like so many of our troops, they were killed by an IED
Ashley was a true warrior. A member of a Cultural Support Team, she worked in support of Special Operations units and exposed herself to danger on a regular basis. She was a member of only the second class of this elite female team and you can bet that in the decades to come she will go down in history as a trailblazer for women warriors everywhere.
Ashley, by her family’s account, loved being in the military. What struck me most about the obituary in the Fayetteville Observer was the pride her family felt in her service. It made me think that perhaps we have reached, or are in reach of that point where service is service and the value of sacrifice is not measured by what chromosomes you possess.
Her obituary, here: http://fayobserver.com/articles/2011/10/24/1132251?sac=Mil
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 23, 2011)—Two U.S. Army Rangers and one Cultural Support Team member were killed in action Oct. 22, during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
1st Lt. Ashley White, 24, was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, N.C., and attached to a joint special operations task force as a Cultural Support Team member.
Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Pvt. 1st Class Christopher A. Horns, 20, was assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (No picture available)
All three service members were killed during combat operations when their assault force triggered an improvised explosive device near Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
A native of Alliance, Ohio, White was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer after receiving a commission from Kent State in 2009. White is survived by her husband Cpt. Jason Stumpf of Raeford, N.C., her parents Robert and Deborah White, twin sister Brittney and brother Josh, all of Alliance, Ohio.
RIP, Soldiers. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
- Soldier killed on 14th war-zone deployment (seattletimes.nwsource.com)