Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee celebrated the enjoyment of service simply days earlier than she was one in every of 13 U.S. service members killed in Thursday’s suicide bombing assault close to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport.
Every week in the past, Gee, 23, posted a photograph on Instagram that confirmed her holding a child at that airport. She added a easy, profound remark: “I really like my job.” The identical photograph was posted by the Department of Defense on Aug. 21.
Gee, from Sacramento, California, served as a upkeep technician with the twenty fourth Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. On her Instagram web page, she described herself as a “optimistic psychological perspective advocate.” The places listed on her web page embrace California, North Carolina and “someplace abroad.”
One other photograph on Gee’s Instagram web page reveals her earlier within the week, on responsibility along with her rifle subsequent to a line of individuals ready to board a transport aircraft. She described her project as “escorting evacuees onto the fowl.”
Different current Instagram pictures present Gee with mates in Spain, the place they shared a toast, and Greece. Different footage present the Marine driving a camel in Saudi Arabia and receiving her promotion to sergeant.
“By no means would have imagined having my Sergeant promotion meritoriously in Kuwait,” she wrote of the promotion in a submit shared three weeks in the past.
A Fb submit by town of Roseville, California, which calls Gee “a hometown hero,” says she graduated in 2016 from town’s Oakmont Excessive Faculty and enlisted within the Marines a yr later. It says her husband, Jarod Gee, is also an Oakmont graduate and a Marine.
Gee was remembered by Sgt. Mallory Harrison, a fellow Marine who roomed along with her for greater than three years, in a Fb submit accompanied by greater than a dozen pictures.
“Her automotive is parked in our lot. It’s so mundane. Easy. But it surely’s there,” she started the submit. “My easiest pal, my individual, my sister without end. My different half. We have been boots collectively, Corporals collectively, & then Sergeants collectively. Roommates for over 3 years now, from the barracks at MOS college to our home right here. We’ve been hooked up on the hip from the start.
“I can’t fairly describe the sensation I get after I power myself to return again to actuality & take into consideration how I’m by no means going to see her once more. How her final breath was taken doing what she beloved — serving to folks — at HKIA in Afghanistan. Then there was an explosion. And similar to that, she’s gone.”
She stated the struggle tales instructed by older Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are “not so distant anymore.”
Harrison concluded sadly: “My greatest pal. 23 years outdated. Gone. I discover peace figuring out that she left this world doing what she beloved. She was a Marine’s Marine. She cared about folks. She beloved fiercely. She was a lightweight on this darkish world. She was my individual. … Til Valhalla, Sergeant Nicole Gee. I can’t wait to see you & your Momma up there. I really like you without end & ever.”
Contributing: Related Press
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