SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio man working as a security contractor in Afghanistan was killed when his SUV hit a roadside bomb near Kabul.
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Shawn M. Pine was working for Alexandria, Va.-based MPRI in Afghanistan at the time, the San Antonio Express-News reported in its Saturday editions. Also killed in Wednesday's attack was Air Force 1st Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, 25, of St. Louis, Mo.
Family and friends remembered the 51-year-old as a generous man who would buy food for a homeless family, make loans to his soldiers and most recently request a care package of baby clothes for his interpreter who was about to become a father.
Pine's daughter Rachel Pyeatt, 21, said her father had asked her to send the package of baby clothes.
"He was killed before (the package) got there," she said, "but the casualty assistance officers made sure that it got to my dad's interpreter to ensure the baby still had clothes."
Pine had been an Army intelligence officer and Hebrew linguist who spent much of the last decade in the Middle East. He participated in the search for weapons of mass destruction after the fall of Iraq.
He served in a counterintelligence detachment at Fort Sam Houston and commanded the Army Reserve's now defunct Austin-based 300th Military Intelligence Company from 1999 to 2002.
"He was the best commander I've ever served with, and I mean served with — not served for. He always put the soldier first, always," said retired Army 1st Sgt. Rex Pierce, 45, of Boerne. "He had a rare quality of taking care of soldiers to the point where they wanted to serve."
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