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Cpl. Charles Kristel is blunt and authoritative but also respected. Kristel, a Schenectady, N.Y., native was wounded during his previous deployment to Afghanistan.
This is Cpl. Dennis Cox's third deployment and his second to Afghanistan.
At 25 years of age, this is Sgt. Brian Early's third deployment. He uses his past experiences to lead his Marines today.
Lance Cpl. Patrick Tomassi, a 20 year old from Odessa, N.Y., can't seem to ever stop smiling. He's been in the Marine Corps for about two years, and this is his first deployment to Afghanistan.