NCO Academy Instructor Has Medal of Honor Ties

Sgt. Andrew Mahoney, a U.S. Army Europe-based Soldier, was there that day three years ago when retired Capt. Florent Groberg took actions during a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. Groberg was awarded the Medal of Honor in Washington DC last week.

Mahoney was with Groberg on the same mission and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds sustained, and a Silver Star for putting his life on the line that day for his comrades.


Sgt. Andrew Mahoney (left) of Laingsburg, Mich., with his platoon leader, 1st Lt. Florent Groberg, served on a personal security detail with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during Mahoney’s previous deployment in Regional Command-East, Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo)


These days, Mahoney is an instructor at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, where he belongs, he says, for the right reasons.

“I didn’t come (to the NCO Academy) because I got wounded in combat,” Mahoney said. “I came here because I wanted to shape junior leaders with my experiences as a whole.”

(Information from U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)