2018-01-13 / Front Page

Coudersport military officer honored


Lt. Col. Jill Gooch Foy and her mother, Chyrl Cahilly, greeted friends, family members and other well-wishers during a promotion celebration, held at the American Legion post in Coudersport. Lt. Col. Jill Gooch Foy and her mother, Chyrl Cahilly, greeted friends, family members and other well-wishers during a promotion celebration, held at the American Legion post in Coudersport. A former Coudersport woman will soon return to Afghanistan to continuing serving her country, following her promotion by the U.S Army.

A reception was recently held at American Legion Post 192 to recognize Jill Gooch Foy for attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Her mother, Chyrl Cahilly, organized the gathering and a number of friends and well-wishers pitched in to make it a success.

Jill, a Coudersport High School graduate, is involved in a rigorous language training regimen at the Pentagon while she is stateside. She’ll soon be deployed back to the Kabul region to continue her role as a finance officer assisting the Afghan military.

It’s part of multi-faceted operation to build Afghani forces to be self-sufficient in protecting their homeland and playing a role in the worldwide war on terrorism.

Lt. Col. Foy set her sights on a military career as a teenager. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as a high school junior. After graduation, she was awarded a scholarship to Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., and later earned a degree from Florida State University.

Her first assignment was to Alaska, where she met her husband, Corey Moss, who a native of Mississippi.

During her career, she has done tours in Iraq and Korea prior to her assignment to Afghanistan.

Jill and Corey have two sons, Brett and Jackson. Having served for 21 years, she will be eligible for retirement in 2021.

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