Saturday, October 22, 2011

Army 1st Lt. Ashley I. White

Remember Our Heroes

Army 1st Lt. Ashley I. White, 24, of Alliance, Ohio

Lt. White was assigned to 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, N.C.; died Oct. 22, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device.

White was born Sept. 3, 1987. She was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer after graduating from Kent State in 2009. White completed the Medical Services Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and the U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga. White was then assigned to Co. C, 230
th Bde. Support Bn., N.C. National Guard where she served as an Evacuation Platoon Leader.

Her military education includes the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course and the U.S. Army Airborne Course. Her awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, the Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. White will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

As a Cultural Support Team Member attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force, White selflessly served and her actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor and country. In every instance she served with distinction in support of the Task Force and our great Nation.

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.

"She believed in what she was doing, and she wanted to take part in something that was bigger than herself," said Laura Dodson, who served with White in the North Carolina National Guard. "I got an email from her, and she said she was enjoying the mission, and she missed her family. She was looking forward to coming home."

Sonjia Ferenac attended Kent State University with White, where they studied athletic training. They were in the same classes and often studied together. White, Ferenac said, graduated in December 2009. Feranac called White upbeat, down-to-earth and selfless. "She made you a better person just being around her," Ferenac said.

Army 1st Lt. Ashley I. White was killed in action on 10/22/11.

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