Air Force Staff Sgt. DUSTIN W. PETERS Died July 11, 2004
Navy Petty Officer RONALD A. GINTHER Died May 2, 2004
Navy Petty Officer MICHAEL J. PERNASELLI Died Apr. 24, 2004</center.
C.G. Petty Officer NATHAN B. BRUCKENTHAL Died Apr. 24, 2004
Navy Petty Officer CHRISTOPHER E. WATTS Died Apr. 24, 2004

Unready for combat

After deaths of 13 trained for support roles in Iraq, others say they lack the skills to protect themselves

By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / April 26, 2005

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WASHINGTON -- When Dustin W. Peters, an Air Force supply technician, arrived in Kuwait in January 2004, all he and his fellow airmen knew was that they would be supporting US troops in Iraq. But when their unit received its assignment, they recalled, they were stunned: They would be protecting supply convoys traveling along Iraq's violent roadways. (Full article: 1768 words)

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