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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Anthony S. Goble is relatively new to his life as an Army commissioned officer, but was reminded of his days as an enlisted Soldier when he ran into U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Johnson.
Goble, a Gadsden, Ala. Native, calls himself a young lieutenant but maintains that he is an old soldier, due to the 13 years he spent of his 15-year military career as an enlisted medic and drill sergeant where he trained medics coming into the service “on the trail”, a term used by Soldiers in reference to their time as a drill sergeant.
While on the trail, Goble, who is currently serving as the supply officer for the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, said he trained thousands of medics.
“Of the 4,000 medics I trained, I have run into four while on active duty,” he said.
One is Johnson, now a medic assigned to Alpha Company of the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, the unit which serves as the security force for the Kunar PRT.
Johnson, a Worcester, Mass., native, who is a fire fighter with the Worcester Fire Department in his civilian life, first met Goble in 2005 when he was the senior drill sergeant for Foxtrot Company, 232nd Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
Six years later, while Goble was reviewing the roster of incoming SECFOR soldiers in preparation for the PRT’s pre-deployment training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., he stopped at a familiar name and went to seek out his former trainee.
Johnson did not recognize Goble at first when his former drill sergeant introduced himself. “He approached me and was smiling as he shook my hand,” Johnson said. “The name was familiar but the rank was throwing me off; he was a staff sergeant when I knew him.”
“I said, ‘Patrick Johnson, Foxtrot Falcon [the name of his training company] right?’ as I shook his hand,” Goble said. “He was shocked to see that I was an officer.”
“I called my mom later that night,” Johnson said, “because it was such a trip seeing him like that.”
Johnson recalled his former drill sergeant as always fair and well-respected.
“You never knew what he was thinking,” Johnson said. “It’s absurd comparing how laid back he is now to how intense he was then. He was unmistakably a drill sergeant.”
While Goble’s role changed since his transition to the officer ranks, he said he is still an old medic at heart.
“Part of me always remembers him in a medical sense,” Johnson said. “He still mentors me today during MASCALS [mass casualties] and I still go to him for guidance and advice.”
Goble, for his part, is more than comfortable with his former trainee operating on his own.
“If, God forbid, I was lying hurt, bleeding on the side of the road somewhere, I would want to look up and see Doc Johnson coming to help me,” Goble said, perhaps the highest compliment one medic can give another. “He is really showing the standard of excellence he learned as a Foxtrot Falcon, and I am proud to serve with him.”
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