Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

In 2010, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command launched a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy SEALs on sensitive nighttime combat 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. Officially women remained banned from combat, but they could be "attached" to special operations teams and , and for the first time, women soldiers from Alabama to Alaska heard the call to try out for this special ops program that would show them the kind of combat seen by less than five percent of the entire U.S. military. New York Times best seller "Ashley's War" is a story of battlefield camaraderie, lifelong friendship and courage -- and among the first special operations story to feature women soldiers in its pages. Join us for a discussion of this modern-day "band of sisters" and what their experience shows us regarding the question of who fights America's wars going forward. (Book signing to follow.)

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