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Former FCS coach on Afghanistan tour

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Rob Sarvis' battalion commander in Afghanistan says he remains a "coach" - even though it's in war time.

Sarvis was an assistant college football coach for 11 seasons, six years at the University of Rhode Island, four at South Dakota State and one at Minnesota-Morris.

Now, at 42, Sarvis has returned to a military life and is serving the U.S. Army as a scout platoon leader and security and movement platoon leader with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Task Force 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, NATO Training Mission, Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command, Combined Joint 3-5.

"His coaching experience is evident as he is clearly the 'coach' of his team of scouts," Army Ly. Vol Dan Kelley told the Army News Service.

Sarvis spent four years in the Navy and has been on the security detail of former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as well as other foreign dignitaries. He also worked security for the funeral of former president Richard Nixon.

Military branches have age restrictions on re-entry into the service, but when the U.S. Army raised its standard, Sarvis joined in 2009.

"I always knew I wanted to come back in the service. The military was instrumental in developing me as a young man. I enjoy the people and the service to our country," Sarvis told the Army News Service

05/23 13:52:44 ET