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Navy officer from command in Coronado killed in Afghanistan

A naval officer from an explosive ordnance disposal command in Coronado has been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Lt. Christopher Mosko, 28, of Pittsford, N.Y., was killed Thursday during combat operations in Nawa district near the Pakistani border when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a patrol.

Mosko was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 in Coronado. In Afghanistan, he was a platoon commander for a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force.

Mosko was qualified as an explosive ordnance expert, a free-fall parachutist and a scuba diving instructor. He was in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and was commissioned in May 2007.

His awards include a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart, both posthumous.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Lt. Christopher Mosko. Credit: Mosko family

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