Ashley's War

Ashley's War

The Untold Story of A Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

eBook - 2015 | First edition.
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In 2010, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy SEALs 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, Islamic country could not. Lemmon reveals how these pioneers earned professional acceptance from grizzled 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, this is a gripping combat narrative and a testament to the unbreakable bond of friendship and love born of war.
Publisher: ©2015
New York, NY :, Harper an imprint of Harper Collins Publisher,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062333834
0062333836
006233381X
9780062333810
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: In 2010, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy SEALs 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, Islamic country could not. Lemmon reveals how these pioneers earned professional acceptance from grizzled 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, this is a gripping combat narrative and a testament to the unbreakable bond of friendship and love born of war.

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swheeler89
Jan 31, 2018

I am glad a story like this was written so well. Moving and informative read of courageous women who answered a call to serve on the front lines of a messy war. The pages and stories give life to Ashley and her crew and make you appreciate those who risk their lives and those who break down barriers.

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kpelish
Aug 19, 2017

Excellent depiction of the historical context that led up to "attaching" female soldiers to combat units, so they could fight in the fields. The support role didn't mean out of danger--on the contrary, these highly skilled, superbly physically fit women fought side-by-side with their male comrades. Their gender allowed them to talk with the local Afghanistan women and gain valuable intelligence. One soldier's story is highlighted: Ashley, who initially trained as a medic. Once proven in the field, most of the men supported them (as an aside, prior to this combat service, two of the women were raped. How they surmounted the assault and successfully moved on to this elite team is told in a compassionate, matter-of-fact manner.) Also well-described is the desert conditions of the headquarters and local mountains--a harsh environment.

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chuckyoufarley
Jan 14, 2016

Wow. Now I understand the context of why females be allowed in front line combat roles in US armed forces.

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carol507
Nov 03, 2015

This was an excellent book re: women in the services. I learned so much about the Special Ops programs, especially re: support troops.

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StarGladiator
Oct 31, 2015

To commenter, JanGeier: Is Alfreda Bikowsky Silverstein of the CIA, who was fraudulently portrayed in that fraud of a movie, Zero Dork Thirty, patriotic for ordering the torture of innocents in order to extract false confessions?
Was Robin Raphel, now under investigation for espionage and treason, a patriot for supporting the Taliban? Questions you should consider. . .
Are DoD personnel patriotic for somehow not being able to track, or embezzling, many many trillions of dollars?
Sure wished at least one of these strong, powerful, awesome, sensitive, smart females possessed the intellectual wherewithal, or ounce of curiousity, to understand who Gen. Smedley Butler was, or to read Michael Hudson's book, Super Imperialism, or perhaps even to wonder why this war never ends?

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JanGeier
Oct 31, 2015

i consider myself an anti war type of person, but it was so interesting to think about women who felt compelled to defend their country and excel in a physical way to the needs of the country. I was so impressed with their strength and bravery. I learned about a new part of American Patriotism. It was very humbling.

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lilypad_1
Jul 31, 2015

Have wondered why anyone especially women(I am a woman) want to be on front lines. This book answers that question. These women are strong, powerful, awesome, sensitive, smart, and should get credit for all they give up to get to the front lines and all they risk. I would have given it the best rating but the first half of the book was about military getting in the way of itself.

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