FORT BRAGG, N.C. (NNS) -- Army 2nd Lt. Cory Marr, who left the Navy after four years of active-duty service as an electronics technician 2nd class aboard USS Hawkbill (SSN 666), never thought he would serve under a Navy officer again.
But now as the security force platoon leader from the Arizona National Guard he takes his lead from Cmdr. David Adams, a submarine officer and commanding officer of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Khost Afghanistan.
PRT just completed a rigorous 90-day training cycle in preparation for their mission to help rebuild the Khost province of Afghanistan. The overall mission is to help the Afghans lift themselves out of a difficult economic and political turmoil left over from over 30 years of war and to help them build the capacity to take care of their own security and economic welfare in years to come.
Marr and Adams are just two of the more than 1,100 Sailors, Airman and Soldiers that participated in the pre-deployment ceremony at Ft. Bragg for the 12 Joint Provincial Reconstruction teams that deployed on March 29.
"Reconstructing Afghanistan, the training ground for the terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 and was ruled by some real tyrants who supported them is [a] mission we can and do believe in," said Adams.
Those sentiments seemed to be a common theme among all the men and women of the PRTs at Fort Bragg.
"Afghan and Americans have one main thing in common," Marr explained. "We both want our children to have better lives and to be free once and for all from terror and tyrants."
The PRTs in Afghanistan today are helping do just that, and the trainees at Ft. Bragg are looking forward to continuing their legacy.
For more news from the Provincial Reconstruction Team, Khost Afghanistan, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/PRT Khost/.