COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A roundtable discussion at the annual Muscogee County Library Foundation gala was held recognizing an author who spent a significant amount of time at Fort Benning learning about female soldiers on the battlefield.
Gayle Lemmon is the author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield.
Now, it is a national bestseller sharing a day in the life of CST-2, one of the Army's cultural support teams.
Lemmon says these soldiers all asked to stand alongside some of the toughest people in the military.
"These young women were recruited because of the first seal to lead special operations commands," said Lemmon. "That we need women on the battlefield, we need women to help bring some knowledge and understanding to some difficult moments on the battlefield to get the information they need to really get the job done."
The story focuses on First Army Lieutenant Ashley White and other women shedding light on how they earned respect from their peers in special operations where the stakes are life or death.
"What I wanted Ashley's War to do is make it personal and was to take people into this world of service and friendship and women who are funny and fierce and intense," said Lemmon. "I don't think we pay enough attention to who is serving this country and what we ask of people in uniform."
And Lemmon says coming back to Columbus is moving--seeing the community embrace Ashley's War because some of those same people a part of the story is also a part of the community.