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Reinert to deploy to Afghanistan

Roger Reinert

Former Duluth city councilor and state legislator Roger Reinert has received his orders to report for duty in Kabul, Afghanistan, early this summer, as part of a yearlong deployment.

Reinert serves as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and said such deployments have become commonplace for reservists, with the nation involved in multiple prolonged military engagements.

"The thing I keep thinking is my going means somebody gets to come home. So I'm happy for them. And being in the Guard or the Reserve today, you know this could happen at any time. It's part of doing my duty, which I'm proud to do," he said.

Reinert noted that more than 200,000 active guard and reserve members are now stationed overseas, with about 10,000 of those in Afghanistan.

Reinert will serve as director of public affairs for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, an organization charged with planning, programming and implementing reform of the Afghan Security Forces in order to stabilize the nation, strengthen the rule of law and deter terrorism.

In his civilian life, Reinert is completing work on a law degree at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and expects to graduate this spring. But Reinert said he likely won't have time to sit for the bar exam before shipping out.