An unforgettable story of female soldiers breaking the brass ceiling. This book will inspire you and remind you of the power that comes with defying limits.
- — Sheryl Sandberg, Author of Lean In
The book is a gripping, moving, and well–told war story, but more importantly it offers the first glimpse into a historic program.
- — Kevin Maurer, Author of Gentlemen Bastards
This team forged the path for American women who serve in harm’s way all over the world and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice.
- — Senator John McCain
Fascinating and often moving, Ashley’s War follows one of the early groups of women who volunteered to serve alongside special operations soldiers… Remarkable.
- — Phil Klay, Author of Redeployment
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.”