A U.S. Army veteran and Apache helicopter pilot, Ashley grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and at the age of 17, with a waiver in hand, she joined the Army, seeing that as her best option to afford her college education. If elected, Ashley would be the first woman serving in Congress to have graduated from the United States Military Academy.
Upon graduating from West Point, Ashley was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant within the U.S. Army Aviation branch, where she trained to become an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter pilot, graduating as the only woman in her Apache class. She then served as a platoon leader and later as battalion logistics officer and pilot-in-command, deploying to Kuwait under Operation Spartan Shield, and Camp Taji, Iraq, with Operation Inherent Resolve. Ashley also proudly served as a company commander for two years.
Following her command time, Ashley used her G.I. Bill to pursue her graduate degree at the University of Oxford. She then came home to work with local governments, helping them navigate their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.