The Sharana Provincial Reconstruction Team held an opening ceremony 21 November 2004 at its new facility, Camp Kearney, which is named in honor of a fallen comrade in arms. The compound, located near Sharana, the capital of Paktika province, is named for Spc. James Kearney, who died Nov. 1 from injuries he sustained when his convoy was attacked by enemy forces. Kearney, 22, was a member Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment of the Iowa National Guard, and was attached to the Sharana PRT. He was a native of Emerson, Iowa, and deployed to Afghanistan in May. The Sharana PRT actually began operating in June 2004 from a different facility, while its permanent facility was being built from the ground up.
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