NC National Guard soldiers honor fallen comrade with memorial

30th Armored Brigade Combat Team
Story by Staff Sgt. Kelly Lecompte

Date: 09.14.2013
Posted: 09.21.2013 01:57
News ID: 114048
N.C. National Guard Soldiers Honor Fallen Comrade with Memorial

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – Family, friends and fellow soldiers from the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, gathered to remember 1st Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf during the unveiling ceremony of the fallen soldier memorial dedicated in her honor at the Goldsboro National Guard Armory here, Sept. 15. 2013. <br /> <br /> White-Stumpf was assigned to C Co., 230th BSB, 30th ABCT, when she volunteered to deploy as part of a cultural support team that aided special operations forces. She was killed in combat operations near Kandahar Province in Afghanistan, October 22, 2011. <br /> <br /> Friend and fellow Soldier, Capt. Laura Dodson, together with White-Stumpf’s husband, Capt. Jason Stumpf, contributed most greatly to the memorial’s conception and construction. The unveiling ceremony marked the completion of the project nearly two years in the making. <br /> <br /> Dodson said that along with being happy to have the memorial finalized, seeing it unveiled now gives her a sense of closure.<br /> <br /> “I’m extremely happy to have had this memorial done,” Dodson said. <br /> Josh White, brother of the late White-Stumpf, said he hopes that for Soldiers passing by the memorial, it will serve as more than a just reminder of his sister.<br /> <br /> “I hope it’s a reminder of the standard they need to live up to,” White said. “I hope it’s a reminder to push yourself harder… that’s what she would want.”<br /> <br /> White-Stumpf is remembered by her fellow Soldiers as a quiet professional. <br /> <br /> “I really miss her,” Dodson said. “She’s one of those people you don’t find very often in your life.”