Operation Tribute to Freedom

Faces From the Front for April 26, 2010 - 1st Lt. Jeffrey Moye

First Lieutenant Jeffrey Moye

Current Unit: 411th Civil Affairs Battalion
Current Position: Civil Affairs Team Leader
Component: Army Reserve
Current Location: Kenya
Hometown: Bogota, N.J.
Years of Service: 12

When April rolls around, 1st Lt. Jeffrey Moye, a certified public accountant (CPA) with the Internal Revenue Service, is usually inundated with work, spending hours of time auditing international tax issues. However, this April is far different, as Moye finds himself not behind a desk with calculator in hand, but out in Kenya helping the local population in the northeastern province.

As a civil affairs team leader, Moye and his Soldiers are responsible for bettering the lives of the Somali people in the region. Somali is the predominate ethnic group in this part of Kenya, and many of the people still have strong ties with the people of Somalia due to their shared ethnicity, religion and language. As Somalia's government is fragile, terrorist organizations have developed in the country. By assisting the people of Kenya, Moye and his Soldiers are working to ensure the people are not persuaded to empathize with Somalia's terrorist networks, which operate just outside of Kenya's borders. Moye's work prevents these terrorist organizations' destabilizing effects from reaching into Kenya's territory.

"By working with the people of the area, doing small projects, opening up dialogues and just having them meet Americans, we can help alleviate some of the problems which could cause these people to sympathize with or possibly work for a terrorist organization," Moye explained. "By interacting and working with the populace, we are trying to prevent future terror hotspots."

For the mission to be successful, Moye must coordinate with various organizations including the U.S. Embassy, the United States Agency for International Development, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

"There is a lot of need to help the people of this area and various groups are answering that call. There is a need for my team to coordinate tasks to prevent duplication of effort," Moye said. "We have to speak with one voice so we have to work together."

Thus far, Moye and his Soldiers have worked on a wide array of projects, doing everything from building an incinerator for a local hospital, to doubling the classroom capacity of a local school and getting furniture for a new library. Moye's team also managed to get a U.S. charity to donate 10 sewing machines to a local women's organization.

In addition, Moye's Soldiers have taught a combat lifesaver (CLS) course to the Kenyan military. The CLS course prepares Soldiers to provide immediate first aid to any injured comrade, teaching them to quickly and effectively assess and address the problems caused by a combat wound. By providing Kenya's military with the first responder skills necessary to stabilize injured Soldiers until they can be seen by a medical professional, Moye and his Soldiers have helped them to save the lives of many of their military personnel.

While Moye's deployment has tested his ability to overcome various obstacles, he is proud of the work he and his Soldiers have accomplished and knows that it has made an impact on the people of Kenya.

"This deployment have been challenging in ways that I did not foresee," Moye said. "But I did not want something easy. It has been great in many ways."

Moye will return home to Bogota, N.J. this summer. He looks forward to spending time with his wife and meeting his baby son who was born during this deployment.

"I plan to kiss my wife and newborn son," Moye said. "Then I'm going to baby-proof the house."

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