Sergeant First Class Jeff Courter is in the Illinois Army National Guard,
currently serving as recruiting and retention NCO in Chicago. He served for a year in Afghanistan, training
and mentoring the Afghan Border Police near the Pakistan border. During his tour in 2007-2008, he fought with the Taliban
and participated in numerous combat and humanitarian missions. Prior to his mobilization, Sergeant Courter was an independent
business consultant and Sunday School teacher in suburban Chicago, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Previously, he served for many years with the US Navy Reserves, and served
on active duty with the US Marine Corps. Sergeant Courter is a long-time student of diverse religious practices and spirituality.
He holds a BA in Mass Communication from The Ohio State University. Sergeant First Class Jeff Courter is the author of Afghan
Journal: A Soldier's Year in Afghanistan.
According to the book description of Afghan Journal: A Soldier's
Year in Afghanistan, “Journey to the front lines in Afghanistan with Sergeant First Class Jeff Courter,
as he completes a one-year tour of duty with the Army National Guard, training Border Police to defend a region where Osama
bin Laden has left a terrifying footprint.
Learn how the US Army is struggling to bring stability to a region where
fear and poverty envelope the lives of tribal Afghans. And discover how one man reconciles personal, professional and spiritual
challenges in a distant and dangerous corner of the world.”