Navy brings diversity to the fight

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Written by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs Monday, 07 June 2010 22:19

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Pete Kowall, a native of Enterprise, Miss., provides security during a mission in Sharana district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 4. Although Kowall is a culinary specialist, he works for the Paktika Reconstruction Team as a supply technician and also works as a gunner for the PRT while on missions outside the wire. He is a vital member of a team of roughly 100 military personnel and interagency partners throughout Paktika province whose mission is to help legitimize the government of Afghanistan through development, governance and agricultural initiatives. Kowall is deployed from Navy Consolidated Brig, Charleston S.C., where he fulfills a special duty assignment as a corrections specialist. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs) PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team noncommissioned officer in charge of personnel, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Richard Mora, a native of San Antonio, provides security during a mission in Sharana district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 3. Although Chief Mora is the administrative department head for the PRT, he also augments the PRT security force element as a personal security detail for PRT members while on missions outside the wire. He is a vital member of a team of roughly 100 military personnel and interagency partners throughout Paktika province whose mission is to help legitimize the government of Afghanistan through development, governance and agricultural initiatives. Mora, who currently resides in El Paso, Texas, is deployed from Naval Operation Support Center, El Paso, Texas. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)