Mike Noble serving as advisor to Afghan police

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FORTVILLE — For one, the sun is just rising over the Indiana skyline. For the other, the sun has long gone to bed in its desert home.

It’s at this moment in time that they find time to talk.

Not on the phone. Not through email. Through Skype.

Father asks son about how school is going and specifically his son’s grades. After all, college is quickly approaching.

Father asks son about sports. After all, his son’s versatile athletic abilities are directly derived from him.

And for who knows why, they talk about SpongeBob. The son recites lines to his father, and they laugh together.

When asked about these near-daily Skype sessions with his father, Mike, Andrew Noble takes a deep breath. But then he exhales calmly, and offers an earnest smile.

“A lot of it’s about me,” said the Mt. Vernon senior. “I try to see how he’s doing, and it’s always, ‘Same, food’s terrible.’”


After graduating from Mt. Vernon in 1987, Mike enrolled in the Army. He went through Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault and Jumpmaster Schools. He was stationed with the Army’s 101st Airborne and Army National Guard’s 38th Infantry Divisions.

From 2000 to 2007, he worked for the Greenfield Police Department. In Andrew’s words, Mike has been “in and out of law enforcement and police work” for Andrew’s entire life.

Three years ago, Mike made a choice that would change the lives of both himself and his family members forever.

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