Jen Albuquerque, girlfriend of Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, attended President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address Tuesday as the guest of U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. Goble was a native of New Jersey.
Invitation extended by New Jersey congressman
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The girlfriend of an Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Beret who was killed last year in Afghanistan was among the guests at President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol.
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Jennifer Albuquerque attended the speech as a guest of U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. New Jersey was the home state of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble of the Eglin Air Force Base-headquartered 7th Group. Goble died Dec. 23 from injuries sustained when a Taliban weapons cache exploded as he and other soldiers were clearing it out.
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Albuquerque and Goble met nearly 10 years ago and together have a 6-year-old daughter.
In introducing Albuquerque as his State of the Union guest, Gottheimer also announced the creation of the Sergeant First Class Michael Goble Memorial Award, to honor unsung heroes in his northern New Jersey congressional district working to support military families and veterans.
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Tonight, Jen Albuquerque will be joining me at the State of the Union address. Jen lost her partner, Sgt. First Class Michael Goble, a North Jersey native, this past December while he was serving our country in Afghanistan. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/0ZHXeIwLqI
“It is our duty as Americans not only to honor these men and women, but to do everything we can to fight for their surviving loved ones, to ensure they have the care they need, and the support we all owe them,” Gottheimer said in a news release. “Together ... we can live up to our nation’s commitment to those who gave the last full measure of devotion.”
Also in the news release, Albuquerque said Goble “was just like many of us, with hopes and dreams. He lived his life filled with friends, family, hobbies, and lots of activities.”
But, she added, “Mike was also different. Mike was a Green Beret, one of America’s finest warriors. Mike loved his job and he loved his country. He was a true patriot. He died while fighting our nation’s enemies. He died while making the world a better place for all of us and for all our children.”
Goble's military awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
“Jen is one of the most courageous individuals I’ve ever had the honor to meet,” Gottheimer said in announcing her as his State of the Union guest. “Most recently, she has dealt with a tragedy no loved one should have to face — the loss of her partner, the father of her 6-year-old daughter, a brave American hero.”