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Safar Bazaar’s ‘little mayor’ reaches Afghans

Story by Cpl. Colby Brown | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 06.02.2011

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Lance Cpl. Robert Lemonte smiles as he patrols, at six in the morning, down the main street of the Safar Bazaar. He’s not smiling because someone told a joke; the Mansfield, Ind., native smiles because he recognizes the shop owners who are opening up for the day. He smiles because they smiled at him first.

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