Freed-OM Yoga Event in Alexandria, VA October 1, 2017

Fellow Cultural Support Team members and Ashley’s mother, Debbie, will be participating in Freed-Om Yoga DC taking place from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM in Alexandria, VA on October 1, 2017 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

Freed-OM provides direct support to the U.S. Special Operations community.

Freed-OM is a community YOGA event designed to bring civilian and military communities closer through the healing powers of yoga and through honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

This day long event will not only feature yoga sessions lead by Casey Bakus, Justin Blazjewski, and ​Dan Nevins but also feature several local nutrition and wellness vendors, food and beverage vendors including (but not limited to) Sweet Dream, Sugar Shack, and Heritage Brewing, as well as a concert by none other than Northern Virginia’s own Ted Garber!!

Do you have kiddos? No Problem! Free Childcare available from 12:30 – 3:30!! (Ages 3 – 10 only please)

Proceeds from FreedOM will fund Yoga Teacher’s Training for members of the Special Operations Forces and their adult family members at Vetoga and provide support to other Duskin and Stephens Foundation Programs.

You can see event details and fine links to tickets at the event Facebook page.


Tributes to Women Who Fought

Ashley is included along with five other women who fought and were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq in a tribute on Task & Purpose written by Michael Lane Smith.Take some time to read about Ashley, Marine 1st Lt. Rebecca Turpin, Army Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, Army Pfc. Monica Lin Brown, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Lori Hill and fellow CST member Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno here.

Ashley Honored by Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

On March 7, 2017 the Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers honored Ashley on their facebook page. This was done as part of an ongoing series of honor women during women’s history month. Read about Ashley and other amazing women on their page:

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.

Cleveland News Station Coverage of Ashley’s War

Cleveland Ohio’s ABC 5 interviewed Ashley’s Mom, Deborah, and author of Ashley’s War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon,  about Ashley and the role of women in U.S. combat forces. Deborah’s interview is powerful and inspiring. Please give it a watch if you have some time.

Ashley in National Musuem of U.S. Army

Ashley will be featured in the Soldiers’ Stories Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Army. Construction on the museum is set to begin later this year in Fort Belvoir, VA. Ashley is one of 41 soldiers who will be featured in the Soldiers’ Stories Gallery. The gallery will feature etchings of soldiers through time in U.S. history.

You can read more about the Ashley’s inclusion in the museum from:

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Canton Repository

Fayetteville Observer

And there is more information about the museum available at


Ashley’s Mother, Deborah White, Speaks at Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

Deborah White spoke at a Veterans Day event at the Arlington Cemetery’s Women’s Memorial on November 11, 2015. You can watch the video here.

FREED-OM Yoga Festival 2015


In addition to bringing awareness to the positive effects of yoga for our military at the Freed(om) Festival, the Duskin and Stephens Foundation, Save A Warrior, Operating Enduring Warrior, Special Forces Parachute Team and Team Red, White & Blue to honor the lives of Soldiers Ashley White-Stumpf and Jennifer Moreno who were both killed during combat operations in Afghanistan. You can watch a video of the 2015 event on youtube.

To learn more please visit:

Duskin and Stephens Foundation
To support the families of fallen members of Special Operations Forces and the educational needs of children of active duty Special Operations Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines through community outreach events, scholarships, interactive educational/recreational programs, and related activities.

To learn more please visit


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Washington Journal

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon was interviewed extensively on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on August 23, 2015 about women serving in U.S. combat operations. You can view this great interview from the author of Ashely’s War here.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Female Graduates from Ranger School

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley’s War, wrote a piece for CNN regarding female graduates from the U.S. Army Ranger school. Lemmon argues that this is just the beginning for women joining the ranks of Rangers.