Fort McCoy Volunteer Soldiers Helping Afghan Refugees Awarded In Army-Navy Football Game

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Sgt. Mohammad Jamil is a translator at Fort McCoy to help Afghan refugees resettle in the United States

FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin (WKBT) – Moving to a new country can be a scary adventure. A US Army sergeant at Fort McCoy understands what it is like to settle in a new country.

He uses this experience to help Afghan refugees find solace in their new home soil. Embracing the unknown takes courage, but for some, leaving home is the only way to survive. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mohammad Jamil was born in Afghanistan. A country that has faced war for two decades.

“There is no guarantee that you can bring him home alive,” Jamil said.

Jamil served in the United States military as a language translator in 2012 before moving to the United States in 2014.

“They have always thanked me for the service I have rendered to their country,” said Jamil. “It was just normal work for me.”

For Jamil, service is all he has known in his life. He feels called to help others because of the people who have helped him.

“I was the only one who was grateful to the Americans for saving my life,” Jamil said. “To move to a country where I have a future.”

He wanted to earn the respect he was receiving.

“And that’s how the US military comes in,” said Jamil, speaking of his decision to join the US military as a soldier.

Operation Allies gave Jamil the chance to come to Fort McCoy and help Afghan refugees who went through the same thing as him a short time ago.

“I could help these people,” Jamil said.

Jamil provides language translation for Afghan refugees. This communication helps government officials and refugees understand each other. The refugees are able to process their papers so that they can start a new life outside this fort.

Jamil’s effort has been recognized in a military tradition stretching back over a century. Jamil attended the Army-Navy match where he was recognized by the Army Chief of Staff on the field during the match. He was named among hundreds of other soldiers and was selected for recognition by General James McConville.

Fort McCoy has organized a vigil for this bitter field rivalry between these teams.

“It boosts morale. It brings the Marines together, the sailors together, ”said US Marine Corps Captain Justin Kloppe. “It’s one team.

It is a game that brings out the pride of both military branches.

“It’s just brotherhood against brotherhood, you know,” said US Navy HN Nicholas Carter.

A game that both sides want to win while realizing that they share a special connection as an American defense.

“We are all joint partners of the best fighting force in the history of the world,” said U.S. Army Col. Michael Poss, garrest commander at Fort McCoy

The national stage provided a moment that Jamil will remember for the rest of his life.

“It’s amazing. Not many people have this opportunity,” Jamil said. “I’m extremely excited and happy about it.”

A man who embraced more than an unknown journey. He used his experience to help illuminate someone else’s unknown path.

“I’m wearing this uniform and I’m glad I made this decision,” Jamil said.

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