Her friends say "U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ashley White died in Afghanistan last week working on a mission that she believed in".
If you have read my previous articles, you may recall that I am not necessarily in full support of women serving in a combat forces. But these teams of brave women have proven to serve a huge function in the special forces mission to win the hearts and minds of the local population. Again, we must remember that all our military members volunteer to put themselves in harms way for the better of humanity. Something I bet the "Occupy Wall Streeters" couldn't even wrap their heads around.
Also tragic, one of the dead, 29 year old Army Ranger Kristoffer Domeij, was on his 14th deployment when he was killed in action.
This past September just a few days after 9/11, I headed down to the Outerbanks in North Carolina to see my own husband for the first time since he had left for the Special Forces Sniper Course the beginning of July. As I was reading the local Sunday newspaper (the Raleigh News & Observer), which many consider to be liberally slanted, I came across an "In Rememberence" section listing those soldiers killed in the line of duty that week. Sadly enough there were almost a dozen.
It struck me as so odd, that I had never seen a section like that before in any of my hometown newspapers; Daily News, NY Times, NY Post, Wall Street Journal. A section every week dedicated to the heroes lost in the war on terror. So simple yet so profoundly respectful of the ultimate sacrifice these young men and women have made for our country.
I did not single out these two deaths as more important than any others, but because of their remarkable stories I thought I should share. Just wish my local news media would have done it for me. But I guess for us here in liberal New York it's just wishful thinking. ####