Faces From the Front for May 23, 2011 - 1st Lt. Luke Moody
Current Unit: Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment
Current Position: Contracting Officer
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Camp Griffin, Afghanistan
Hometown: Lima, N.Y.
Years of Service: 8
While efforts continue overseas to create an independent Afghanistan, Soldiers such as 1st Lt. Luke Moody work to ensure the safety of American and Afghan troops and to provide the infrastructure needed to protect and sustain the Afghan force long-term.
“We are building force protection and basic buildings for the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan Border Police (ABP), and these structures will allow the Afghans to be more self sufficient and also provide protection from the enemy,” he said.
As a contracting officer, Moody is responsible for overseeing construction contracts for the International Security Assistance Force, including the ANA, ANP and ABP. As part of the process, he reviews all construction documents and conducts site visits to ensure the completion of the building process. Moody also interacts with many of the locals, all in hopes of creating an independent force.
“I work closely with contractors, laborers, Afghan Army and Police leadership. I conduct many meetings to discuss how we can help the Afghans improve their capabilities,” he said. “I enjoy watching progress and seeing things happen. Giving the Afghans these buildings and letting them run their own facilities is truly rewarding. We are creating a self-reliant Afghan system, which is allowing us to take a step back.”
As a young officer, Moody has enjoyed having the opportunity to collaborate with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces throughout this deployment and has worked alongside NATO troops from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Finland, Latvia and Afghanistan.
“It is truly a diverse environment, and that has made me a more culturally aware leader,” he said.
Prior to his current tour with the 17th Field Artillery Regiment, Moody served in Iraq from 2007-2008 with the 3rd Infantry Division. For meritorious service throughout that deployment, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Moody will return home this summer, and he looks forward to spending time with his family. His wife is also a Soldier, although she is currently serving stateside. They met at Fort Sill, Okla., when they were assigned to the same company. Moody believes their marriage has been strengthened from serving in uniform together.
“It is very beneficial when your spouse has been there and experienced the Army, they have an understanding of what you are going through on a day to day basis,” he said.