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Major Patrick B. Monahan was a Security Assistance Officer assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan as the International Military Education and Training Officer, Camp Eggers, Kabul Afghanistan. As he began his tour of duty, he was 33 years old. Major Monahan was born in Washington, D.C. Major Monahan attended the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History and a minor in English.

After graduation he attended field training at Lackland AFB, TX and was commissioned into the United States Air Force on 26 August 1995. Following his commissioning, he reported to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California for missile maintenance training. Major Monahan performed missile maintenance officer duties on the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana from 1996 until 1999. He transitioned to space launch maintenance in 1999 where he provided direct maintenance support to the Titan & Atlas rocket programs and oversaw the coastal security program at the Range Operations Control Center until 2002. Major Monahan broadened his space expertise once again by transitioning to space control operations in August 2002. There, he led all mission support functions while serving as the Maintenance Officer of the 4th Space Control Squadron. In June 2005, Major Monahan returned to the ICBM weapon system, performing Acquisitions Management for the entire solid propulsion ICBM fleet of 500 "on alert" missiles.

Major Monahan is an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary—the civilian arm of the U.S. Coast Guard, accumulating over 1,000 volunteer service hours. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two combat stars, the Air & Space Campaign Medal, and the North American Treaty Organization's—International Security Assistance Forces Medal. Major Monahan graduated from the American Military University in June 2004 achieving a Masters of Arts degree in Military Studies: Naval Warfare Program. Additionally, he graduated from Squadron Officer School (in residence) in February 2005 and he graduated from Air Command & Staff College (by correspondence) in July 2006. Major Monahan is married; he has two daughters and one son. Major Monahan Separated from military service on 30 June 2008 under the auspices of the Air Force Voluntary Separation Program with an Honorable Discharge.

Afghanistan Veteran is a member in these Nations:

Nation Role Members Articles Seeds Created
The Winter Soldiers Member 30 304 232 Mar 2008
Veterans & Friends Member 84 829 1640 Jan 2007