Hometown: Belle Mead
Circumstances: Killed by a suicide bomber. The first woman from New Jersey to die in the war
Slain MP is state's 1st female casualty. Woman had 6 weeks left on her Iraq deployment
By WAYNE WOOLLEY
Montgomery Township, 9/29/2006
HUFF Ashley Laine Henderson Huff Army first lieutenant, killed in action in Iraq Lived in Belle Mead, 23
First lieutenant Ashley Laine Henderson Huff, 23, of Savannah, Ga., died on Sept. 19, 2006, in Mosul, Iraq. She was killed in action while proudly serving her country in the United States Army. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the Prince Avenue Baptist Church, 595 Prince Ave., Athens, Ga., 30601, followed by the interment in Oconee Hill Cemetery, located directly next to Sanford Stadium. The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lord and Stephens Funeral Home West, 1211 Jimmy Daniel Rd., Bogart Ga., 30622 (706-549-3342). Born on Dec. 19, 1982, in Covington, La., First Lt. Huff spent most of her childhood in her beloved Baton Rouge before moving with her family to Belle Mead, N.J., where she completed both middle and high schools. She graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2004, where she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and an avid Georgia Bulldog football fan. Commissioned at the University of Georgia through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, she joined the U.S. Army in May 2004, and was deployed to Iraq in December 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She performed the duties of a platoon leader. Her only unit of assignment was the 549th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga. The United States military has awarded First Lt. Huff the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. She was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge. She is survived by her husband, Brian Michael Huff of Savannah, Ga., whom she married on Aug. 13, 2005; her parents, Mark and Janet Henderson; her brother, Andrew; her sister, Abby of Buford, Ga.; her grandmother, Joyce Oliver of Baton Rouge, La., and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as an abundance of friends. She is also survived by her father-in-law and mother-inlaw, Mike and Debbie Huff of Lawrenceville, Ga., and sister-in-law, Christy Medlin and her husband, Ben Medlin of Buford, Ga. Those desiring may send donations in her memory to either the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Libson, Md., or the Liberty County Humane Shelter in Hinesville, Ga.
Published in Star-Ledger on Sept. 29, 2006
May 29, 2012
On this Memorial Day you are being honored in many places in our country, people who knew you personally and people who have come to know the magnificent woman and soldier you are,and always will be. Dad and I and your brother and sister miss you more than any words can express, but we are so proud of your amazing service to our country's freedom. You were given a mission by God and you fulfilled it. We will always love you and keep you in our hearts and thank God for the time we shared and the joy you gave us. Mom
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
BAGHDAD – A bronze bust of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ashley Henderson-Huff, was dedicated during a ceremony opening the Erbil Police Academy Oct. 15 in Erbil, Iraq.
Henderson-Huff was a military police officer assigned to a U.S. Army Military Police Transition Team in 2005. She died of injuries suffered in Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 19, 2006, when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her mounted patrol during combat operations.
Henderson-Huff’s father was present and participated in the dedication as the monument was uncovered.
“This Erbil Police Academy did not just happen,” said Gary York, a keynote speaker during the ceremony. “It was a dream and hope of many people … and one of them was first lieutenant Ashley Henderson-Huff.”
KILLED IN ACTION
By Military Friends of NewsBlaze -
Tue October 28, 2008
"This is truly a tremendous moment for the Military Police Corps … she was a tremendous officer, she moved people, said Col. Mark Spindler, commander, 18th Military Police Brigade.
What a profound thing that has happened here, when the Iraqi’s dedicate a monument to a U.S. Soldier on Iraqi soil..."
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