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Americans commemorate Easter while serving at an Afghan outpost

U.S. Army chaplain, Lt. Col. Michael Travaglione, attached to the 1st Cavalry Division, leads members of his congregation into the chapel at Forward Operating Base Salerno, in Khost province Afghanistan, during an Easter vigil held Saturday night.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 7, 2012

At a forward operating base in Afghanistan, a small congregation comprised of roughly two dozen U.S. troops and civilian contractors attended an Easter vigil held Saturday night.

Led by an Army chaplain at FOB Salerno in Khost province, Afghanistan, the small gathering commemorated the life, death, passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During the Saturday evening event, some of the attendees were confirmed into the Catholic faith.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Mesch, right, Sgt. Maj. Michael Van Engen, middle, and Maj. Brian Stoffle, with 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, out of Anchorage, Alaska, were confirmed into the Catholic faith during the Easter vigil Saturday night in the chapel at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.
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