Alliance Review Article on Ashley’s inclusion in National Museum of the United States Army

The Alliance Review wrote an article discussing the building of the National Museum of the United States Army and the inclusion of Ashley in the museum. The text of the article is below and here is a link.

Local fallen soldier to be immortalized in museum

The National Museum of the United States Army will feature an Alliance soldier when it opens at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The military career of Ashley White Stumpf, a 2005 Marlington High School graduate who was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 22, 2011, will be told in the Soldiers Stories Gallery at the facility, which is set to break ground this year.

White Stumpf, who was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the North Carolina National Guard, was serving as part of a joint special operations task force, connecting with women and children in Afghanistan and obtaining critical information otherwise unavailable to her male counterparts. Her story was told by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon in the book “Ashley’s War,” which was published in 2015.

With nearly 30 million Americans having served in the U.S. Army since 1775, being selected is a distinct honor reserved for soldiers who exemplified the Army’s core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

The Soldiers Stories Gallery will be comprised of 41 free-standing stainless steel pylons arranged in marching formation, beginning outside the main entrance of the future museum and continuing inside. Each pylon will display the personal accounts of soldiers chosen from all periods of history and walks of life who served in the United States Army. Each of the gallery’s pylons will include a larger-than-life etching of a soldier’s face and will introduce a soldier from a different period in Army history.

White Stumpf, the daughter of Robert and Deborah White, was one of three women chosen to be featured in the exhibit. Also chosen were Capt. Kimberly Hampton, of Greenville, South Carolina, who was the first female military pilot in the history of the United States to die in combat when her OH-58 Kiowa helicopter was shot down by enemy ground fire in Fallujah, Iraq, on Jan. 2, 2004, and Sgt. 1st Class Jeanne Balcombe, of McMinnville, Oregon, who was shot and killed at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, as she attempted to subdue an armed and drunken gunman threatening other soldiers on Aug. 21, 1999, and was posthumously awarded the soldier’s medal for heroism in the face of danger.

Among the other stories to be featured in the gallery are those of an aide to Gen. George Washington, a chaplain prisoner of war, a Red Ball Express driver, a soldier-poet, a War of 1812 drummer, a Vietnam War “tunnel rat,” and a Cold War veteran.

The museum, which will be operated by the Army Historical Foundation, will be the first to tell the complete history of the nation’s oldest and largest military service. An estimated 750,000 visitors are expected to visit the museum each year. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as a national landmark to honor America’s soldiers and educate all Americans about the Army’s contributions to the nation and world, in times of war and peace.