#MemberProfileMondays Meet member Josh McFaul! Josh served as a Staff Sergeant the US Army Infantry from 1997 to 2003 and deployed to Afghanistan from 2001-2002. Josh will be married 23 years in May and has two children, ages 25 and 21, and a one-month-old granddaughter. He's currently a student in the machine tool program at FVTC and will finish in 3 weeks. Josh loves riding his motorcycle and spending time with friends and family. He can be seen volunteering for numerous veterans organizations, including Desert Vets, Old Glory Honor Flight, Patriot Guard Riders, Inc., and Fehlberg Memorial Veterans Ride.
By STARS AND STRIPES
Twenty-two American service members were killed in Afghanistan in 2019, the highest number since NATO combat operations in the country ended at the end of 2014.
Since then, the United States has continued a separate counterterrorism mission.
All but four of the military fatalities in Afghanistan in 2019 were combat-related.
The deaths came as Washington held direct peace talks with the Taliban aimed at the ending the war, the U.S.’s longest, throughout most of the year. The talks are ongoing.
Roughly 13,000 American troops were deployed to Afghanistan at the start of 2020.