PRT Sharana Provincial Reconstruction Team
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. The opening of the Sharana PRT brought the number of Coalition PRTs operating in Afghanistan to 13. Two more were scheduled to open soon thereafter, one each in Lashkar Gar and Tarin Kowt.
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