Please enjoy this slide show by Cpl. Paul Peterson, a Marine journalist deployed to Afghanistan about a Marine junior NCO in the fight.
“Cpl. Charles Kristel is blunt and authoritative but also respected. Kristel, a Schenectady, N.Y., native was wounded during his previous deployment to Afghanistan,” Peterson said.
“A stocky, deep-voiced man of few words, many unrepeatable in print, Kristel joined the military at the age of 20,” he said. “After only three and a half years in the Marine Corps, he’s elevated himself to a position of leadership through strength of will, demonstrated competence and unbending character.”