The guard and Department of Defense announced Sunday that 1st Lt. Ashley White was among three soldiers killed in Kandahar province on Saturday when their unit was attacked.
Two other soldiers also died as a result of the attack that took White's life. Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, of San Diego, Calif., and Pfc. Christopher A. Horns, 20, of Colorado Springs, Colo., were both assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
White was assigned to the Guard's Goldsboro-based Company C, 230th Brigade Support Battalion of the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. At the time of her death, she was serving with Special Operations Forces as part of a Cultural Support Team (CST), a mission for which she had volunteered.
"We are grieving with her family today. Our prayers are with them during this difficult time," said Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina and commander of the nearly 12,000 men and women of the North Carolina National Guard. "She was a fine soldier who never shied away from the tough jobs. We will miss her."
Funeral arrangements for 1st Lt. White are incomplete at this time.