In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses on - the ground reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities...
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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 to serve in this highly specialized and challenging role. The pioneers of CST - 2 proved for the first time, at least to some grizzled Special Operations soldiers, that women might be physically and mentally tough enough to become one of them.
At the heart of the team is the tale of a beloved and effective soldier, Ashley White, who gives her life serving her country in a role for which she will never officially receive credit. Lemmon transports readers to a world they previously had no idea existed: Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a moving story of friendship – a book that will change the way readers think about war and the meaning of service.
In 2010 the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and other special operations teams on sensitive missions in Afghanistan. The idea was that women could access places and people that had remained out of reach and could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in a conservative, traditional country could not. Though officially banned from combat, female soldiers could be "attached" to different teams, and for the first time women throughout the Army, the National Guard, and the Reserves heard the call to join male soldiers on special ops missions. Each had her own reason for wanting to serve alongside America's finest fighters—for wanting, as the recruiting poster advertised, "to be part of history."
In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses exhaustive firsthand reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women handpicked from across the Army, and of the remarkable hero at its heart: First Lieutenant Ashley White. Lemmon reveals how First Lieutenant White and the pioneers of CST-2 worked to earn the respect of combat-tested special operations warriors and illuminates the very human stakes of their battlefield successes.
Transporting readers into the little-known world of the CSTs, a community of fierce women bound together by valor, danger, and the desire to serve, Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a testament to the unbreakable bond of friendship born of war.
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