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    Why we serve: From African refugee to US soldier [Image 10 of 10]

    Why we serve: From African refugee to US soldier

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, AFGHANISTAN

    06.14.2012

    Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon 

    82nd Combat Aviation Brigade

    Spc. Alfred Kollie escaped civil war in Liberia and more than eight years in a refugee camp to become a U.S. soldier with Task Force Wolfpack, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. "I had to take a chance," said Kollie. "Life is life and stuff happens, but I wasn't going to change anything unless I took a chance. When I told the recruiter where I was from, he asked whether I was willing to go back to war, because that's where I was headed."

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 06.14.2012
    Date Posted: 06.21.2012 07:22
    Photo ID: 608674
    VIRIN: 120614-A-#####-633
    Resolution: 2100x1395
    Size: 719.04 KB
    Location: FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, AF 
    Hometown: FAYETTEVILLE, NC, US
    Hometown: FORT BRAGG, NC, US
    Hometown: HYATTSVILLE, MD, US
    Hometown: RALEIGH, NC, US
    Hometown: RALEIGH-DURHAM AIRPORT, NC, US

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