Civil Affairs Soldier Earns Department of State Superior Honor Award

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FORT BRAGG, N.C.-When Capt. Laura Peters, a 31-year old Army Reserve civil affairs Soldier, began her deployment to Iraq in March 2007, she never imagined she would be one of a few military service members to receive the Department of State's prestigious Superior Honor Award (SHA). The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) Soldier received her award in ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C. on Aug. 8, 2008.

She was assigned to a brigade provincial reconstruction team in the Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq, where her work contributed to the bonds of trust and cooperation that enabled the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) to work effectively with the Provincial Government, the Sheiks' Council, the Provincial Council and the U.S. Army leadership in M ulti -National Division-North.

PRTs exist to build Iraqi capacity and accelerate the transition to Iraqi self reliance. The front-line operatives in the campaign to stabilize Iraq are the American and Coalition members who comprise the Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

By building provincial governments' ability to deliver essential services and other key development projects to local Iraqis, PRTs help to extend the reach of the Iraqi government to all corners of the country and help build the stability necessary to complete the transition to full-Iraqi control.

"This award is very significant for Capt. Peters and our community," said Maj. Gen. David A. Morris, ceremony officiator and commander of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). Capt. Peters is a shining example of what CA is all about," said Morris. …