The remains of a Green Beret from New Jersey who was killed in combat in Afghanistan have been returned to the United States, the AP reported.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, was from Bergen County. He died on Monday. (Read Goble's military bio below)
The military conducted what it calls a Dignified Transfer of Remains ceremony for Goble at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Christmas Day.
Wearing white gloves, six uniformed service members carried a flag-draped casket off a cargo plane and into a van as other service members and U.S. officials—including National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—watched in silence and then saluted.
Goble was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble (U.S. Army Special Operations Command)
"Sgt. 1st Class Goble was more than just a member of the 7th Special Forces Group, he was a brother to us, and a beloved family member to the Northwest Florida community," Col. John W. Sannes, the commander of the 7th Special Forces Group, said in a statement. "We will honor our brother's sacrifice and provide the best possible care to his family. We ask that you keep his Family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers."
Goble left behind his partner, Jennifer Albuquerque, their daughter, Zoey, and his mother and father.
An online fundraiser in his honor has garnered nearly $90,000, according to NorthJersey.com.
"The last thing she needs to worry about is money; all donations will go directly to Jennifer Albuquerque to take care of herself and Zoey," Lisa Barker, the organizer of the GoFundMe, wrote on the donation page. "Let's do what we can to support this family, and do right by Mike."
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(Read Goble's military bio below)
Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble Biography via 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble was born on January 13, 1986, and was raised in Westwood, N.J. Goble entered the United States Army as a Special Forces Candidate, July 7, 2004, in Washington Township, N.J. He completed Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga., then was assigned to U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he attended and graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course, earning the coveted Green Beret, February 2007.
Goble was then assigned as a Weapons Sergeant to Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th SFG (A). He deployed to Afghanistan March through October 2007 and May 2008 through January 2009; Argentina in 2009; Guatemala in 2010; Colombia in 2011. Goble served as a Sniper Instructor from March 2012 through January 2016, and returned Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th SFG (A) as a Senior Intelligence Sergeant. From April thru May 2018, he deployed to the Republic of Korea, then to Colombia from July through September 2018.
Goble's military education includes: Basic and Advanced Airborne Courses, Special Forces Qualification Course, Warrior, Advanced and Senior Leader Courses, Special Forces Sniper Course, Basic and Advanced Military Freefall Course, Military Freefall Advanced Tactical Insertion Course, Joint Armorer Course, Survive, Evade, Resist and Escape Course, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course, Special Operations Force Surveillance Operator, Special Warfare Network Development, Advanced Special Operations Techniques – Level III Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, and Special Warfare Operational Design Course.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V", Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4 Knots), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), Nation Defense Service Medal, NATO Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Non Article 5 (2nd award), Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Basic Airborne, and Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badges.
He is survived by his mother Joy, his father Randell, his girlfriend Jennifer, and their daughter.