Story by Janmarie Foschini
William “Billy” Sahler from Greenwood Lake is currently serving in Afghanistan. Billy, the son of Bill and Karen Sahler, brother to Chelsea and Courtney, and the brother-in-law to Michael and Paula, has been serving our country for over five years.
Billy is currently a Staff Sergeant, Green Beret with the United States Army Special Forces. He is a 2012 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, where he received an “Honors” degree in Criminal Justice.
Staff Sergeant Sahler’s Military Career training so far includes: Fort Benning Georgia, where he attended Basic training; OSUT – One Station Unit Training; AIT – Advanced Infantry Training; and Airborne training.
Billy graduated from Fort Benning in 2014, and continued on to Fort Bragg in North Carolina where he attended the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He studied and trained in the following: SOPC – Special Operations Prep Course; SFAS – Special Forces Assessment & Selection; SFQC – Special Forces Qualification Course; and IMLC – Infantry Mortar Leadership school.
He graduated the “Q” course in March 2016 and received his “Green Beret.” After graduation, he attended “HALO” – High Altitude Low Opening Jump School in Yuma, AZ. Billy graduated the “HALO” school after twenty plus jumps and went on to be assigned to the Seventh Special Forces Group ABN in Eglin AFB, located in Destin, FL.
During a mission on Oct. 17, 2018 Billy was injured in a combat mission in the mountain regions of Afghanistan. He was laid up with his injuries for a month, and was released to return to duty on Nov. 15. Paperwork has been submitted for Billy to receive the “Purple Heart” for injuries he received in combat.
Collecting Items for Troops
Members of the Arthur Finnegan American Legion Post #1443 have adopted Billy’s unit for Christmas, and will be graciously collecting items to be sent over to the troops. Some of the items needed include baby powder, baby wipes, toiletries, hand warmers, hard candies, underwear and undershirts. Donations can be dropped off at the American Legion, located at 40 Mountain Lakes Rd. in Greenwood Lake NY.