“I got back to the vehicles and spotted Ashley Voss right away. She was standing there waiting with her rucksack, ready to go. I walked up to her, smiled, and said, “Hey, what’s up? I’m Noah.”
“Hi. I’m Ashley,” she said without much emotion.
“Cool. Are you excited to come to our area?” I flashed her a grin.
After a brief pause she said, “Yeah, the medics can use a female.”
She was acting like a professional and I was acting more like someone standing at a bar trying to buy her a drink. As if that couldn’t be more awkward, right at that moment my radio squawked loudly, “Hey, can somebody get me that female medic’s roster number? I need it before we head out.” It was Jerry, ruining my game.
I leaned over and hit the button and said a little too proudly, “I’ve got the female medic with me now. I will get that for you.”
And before I could ask her what it was, Jerry came back over the radio, “Galloway. You’re with the female. Why am I not surprised?” Ashley gave me her roster number, and I sent it back to Jerry.
I turned to Ashley and said, “I’m not a player, just wanted to know more about you.”
She didn’t look that convinced. We got in the trucks and drove back. At the potato plant all the guys started sniffing this girl out like a bunch of hound dogs. One of the guys ran and grabbed her rucksack for her and carried it into the medic station, like he was a bellhop.”


Noah Galloway, Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier
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