Air Force Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton, 39, deployed from the Pentagon, was killed by an improvised explosive device May 26, 2009, in Afghanistan, where he had served as Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team commander. Here, he speaks to a crowd of more than 5,000 people who attended the groundbreaking ceremony in the Safied Shahir village of Panjshir’s Khenj district for a road to Badakshan province, March 30, 2009.
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