Sgt. Matt Jaffe is a U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
He was pictured holding and calming an infant at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 20 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The infant bonded when Jaffe decided to hold the child during his break.
The photo went viral. It also brought hope in a devastating situation.
“I had an opportunity to show some humility and do something that was good for the soul,” Sgt. Jaffe said. “I’m not looking for fame or praise, I was just doing my job and doing what I felt was right. We’re all people at the end of the day.”
Jaffe joins over 2,000 U.S. Marines supporting evacuation operations in Afghanistan. The White House said all American troops must be out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31.
“I’m just a Marine, same as the men and women I serve besides, doing a job to try and help people and protect people,” he said in a statement, according to the press release. “It’s pretty grim out here and sad. I had an opportunity to show some humility and do something that was good for the soul.”
U.S. service members and coalition partners are assisting the Department of State with a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) in Afghanistan.
Twelve United States servicemembers were killed and more have been injured at the hands of terrorists in Kabul Aug. 26.
Please pray for our troops and the innocent in Afghanistan.
Romans 5:2-5 ESV: “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.“
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