He's also actively serving in Afghanistan right now.
The village is the economic heart of Now Zad, where residents from
around the district shop or sell goods. But they faced retribution if
they were seen talking to the Marines. So the Marines went there to
drive out the Taliban.
Even before the fighting in the town ended, Marine civil affairs teams fanned out to meet with the residents they could find.
"We found that the follow-on operations are sometimes way more
critical than the actual kinetic aspect," says Marine Staff Sgt. Todd
Bowers, who heads one of the teams. "We need to have good planning in
order to understand who the key leaders are and ensure that we're
giving them the capability to still have power over their people, but
at the same time make sure that power is guided in the right direction."