Gayle Tzemach Lemmon - Ashley's War

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses on-the ground reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from the Army, and the remarkable hero at its heart: 1st Lt. Ashely White, who would become the first Cultural Support Team member killed in action and honored on the Army Special Operations Memorial Wall of Honor alongside the men of Ranger Regiment with whom she died on mission.  She would also become the first female to be remembered on the National Infantry Museum’s Memorial Walk, though women still cannot officially serve in the infantry.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a senior fellow at the Council on Forgein Relations and a contributor to The Atlantic’s Defense One. She is the bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and writes regularly for leading media outlets. A Fulbright scholar and Robert Bosch Fellow, she began reporting from conflict regions during MBA study at the Harvard Business School following nearly a decade covering politics at ABC News.

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Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062333810
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Published: Harper - April 21st, 2015

In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan.