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A humvee drops off Sergeant
How's it goin, sir, Sergeant Goodman. "Pretty good. David Sommerstein, nice to meet you." Is there anyway that we can start the interview outside so I can have a quick cigarette sir, it's been about 4 hours.
Outside, Goodman sparks up a discount smoke.
Cheyenne, sir, just over 2 dollars a pack.
Goodman's camo uniform is baggy. He wears wire-rimmed glasses and a fleece hat that looks a size too big for his head. He's a guy who seems to slip into the background.
Goodman says he was a quiet kid at
After high school, I just couldn't find my place around here for any kind of jobs or anything, but when I lost my last job, the recruiter came calling. I started talking to him. It just sounded like, to my style at the time, I was looking for something bigger than myself. I found it. I've stuck with it since, sir.
Goodman's job in the Army, too, is one that goes largely unnoticed. But it helps drive the military endeavor.
You remember Radar, right? From MASH? Ditzy as he could be, he was a company clerk who got the little things right.
For Troop A of the 1-71st Cavalry, known as Shadow Troop, Sergeant Goodman is Radar, minus the spaciness.
He presides over his company's equipment cage, a fenced-in cell buried deep in a warehouse on post.
[sound up of cage]
This is my office for while I'm still here....
Goodman can barely walk amidst an eclectic mess of stuff. There's a can of transmission fluid.
For when we're working on our vehicles for maintenance days, sir.
A roll of barbed wire used in training exercises.
It's been said that they do, but I've never actually seen it myself, sir.
And three push lawnmowers...
For soldiers that aren't doing what they should, they get the task of mowing grass sometimes.
Officially Shadow Troop's supply sergeant, Goodman tracks a couple million dollars worth of equipment.
I don't envy him. It's a very strenuous job.
Shadow Troop Commander, Doug Baker, says Goodman tracks every piece of equipment going to
He's the subject matter expert. What's right, what's not. How to fix broken stuff. How to change out old stuff. Pretty much inventorying, helping us pack, finding out what needs to go where.
Baker says the unit Goodman tracks supplies for - the 1-71st Cavalry - is the eyes and ears of the U.S. Army in
Interacting with the populace, validating...helping to validate local governments and really paertner with the local police. And by partner, I mean, living with them, eating with them, planning with them, working with them.
In other words, President Obama's strategy to rebuild
This is one of the remarkable things about nearly a decade of war in the
Sergeant Goodman says it's where he fits in.
We're going over there to help out. And for myself, I signed up for it. I knew what to expect and I knew I was going to deploy. I didn't shy away from it because I want to help people.
Goodman's family in
Last fall, Goodman got married, to a woman with two childrenlast fall. He says the deployment'll be hardest on her.
My wife is scared. She's never been in this situation. That was bound to happen. But she understands that the year will go by faster once she realizes that once I'm over there, each day I'm over there is one day less I have to be over there.
Sergeant Goodman's served almost eight years in the Army, with two to go. Three years in
For North Country Public Radio, I'm David Sommerstein at