Be Part of History: Ashley Hero WOD in Honor of Full Combat Inclusion

No Exceptions is calling for all supporters to join us for the Ashley Hero workout of the day (WOD) at your local CrossFit box. This WOD honors all women who supported or served in combat specialties in Iraq and Afghanistan. These amazing women have fought and will continue to fight and defend our country. 

The military has finally opened all combat positions to women, but there's a loophole that threatens these opportunities. This policy gives the services—the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy—until January 1, 2016 to request exceptions to continue excluding women from these opportunities in the military. Today, almost 250,000 positions are effectively closed to women. 

About Ashley White Stumpf

1st Lt. Ashley White Stumpf was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 22, 2011 when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device. Ashley was assigned to the 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, Goldsboro, NC, and served as a member of a Cultural Support Team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.

As a Cultural Support Team Member on her first deployment to Afghanistan, White selflessly served. Ashley’s actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor, and country. Learn more about Ashley's life and family, as well as the brave women who fought alongside her as portrayed in Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's book, Ashley's War. 

We join together—each in our own way and to the best of our own ability—to salute these brave women who blazed the trail in removing the barriers to full GENDER inclusion in combat. 

Join No Exceptions at your local CrossFit box and complete the Ashley Hero WOD. Participate in a workout that symbolizes the commitment, dedication and strength that women like Ashley demonstrate every day.  #NoExceptions2016 #JustOneMoreRep #BePartofHistory

If you are a CrossFit box interested in hosting, please sign up here. No Exceptions will send flash tattoos to you box to show our appreciation! You can send your questions to noexceptions2016@gmail.com

Our Mission:  

  1. To honor the service members like  First Lieutenant Ashley White who served alongside Special Operations units in Operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  

  2. Share your support on social media and tell decision-makers in Washington, D.C. to open all military combat positions to women.

Sample Social Media Posts:

Women like Ashley were on the front lines in Afghanistan. Read more about her and honor her legacy: https://goo.gl/YI7f59 #OneMoreRep

Join the Ashley White Hero WOD from home today. Read more about her legacy: https://goo.gl/YI7f59#OneMoreRep #AshleysWar #NoExceptions

Thank you to all honoring Ashley's legacy with the Ashley White Hero WOD today. https://goo.gl/YI7f59 #OneMoreRep #NoExceptions

Cultural Support Teams were vital in the fight. Read about Ashley and honor her legacy. https://goo.gl/YI7f59 #OneMoreRep #AshleysWar

The Ashley White Hero WOD:

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Five rounds for time:

15' Rope climb, 3 ascents

 alternative: from seated on the ground, climb arms up rope to standing position, then lower yourself back down

10 Toes to bar

  alternative: from hanging, knees to waist; or v-up sit-ups

21 Walking lunge steps with 45lb plate held overhead

  alternative: scale the weight down

Run 400 meters

  alternative: jog/walk

If you are a CrossFit box interested in hosting, please sign up here. You can send your questions to noexceptions2016@gmail.com

If you wish to donate to No Exceptions, click here.

No Exceptions believes anyone who meets physical and mental standards should be allowed to serve and advance in the military regardless of gender, No Exceptions.

See you at the box!

The No Exceptions Team