I'm a Sergeant First Class in the Illinois Army National Guard, where I serve as a recruiting and retention Non-Commissioned Officer. I recently returned from Afghanistan, where I led a a team of U.S. military trainers who educated and mentored Afghan Border Police to defend their home turf against terrorists, and led humanitarian aid missions to help Afghan civilians. Previously, I served for many years in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and as an active duty U.S. Marine.
In civilian life prior to Afghanistan, I was an independent business consultant, a technology sales & support consultant with AT&T, and Sunday school teacher in suburban Chicago, where I live with my wife and three teenagers.
I'm a lifelong student of diverse religions and spiritual practices, and I'm currently an elder at my Presbyterian Church. I attended Ohio State University, where I earned a BA with Distinction in Communications. "Afghan Journal" is my first commercially published work.
NOTE: Although I'm back from my Afghan tour, I continue to maintain a blog - and I invite you to read it: http://www.LifeLoveandTruth.com.
Journey to a remote corner of Afghanistan with Sergeant First Class Jeff Courter, as he leaves his civilian family life in Chicago and trains Afghan Border Police to defend their own turf. Learn how the U.S. Army struggles to bring stability to a region where fear and poverty rule. And discover how one man searches his soul to reconcile the personal, professional and spiritual challenges of war.