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Oelwein native improving life for soldiers in Afghanistan

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TORKHAM, AFGHANISTAN (KWWL) -- The largest deployment of our soldiers in decades continues in Afghanistan.  We continue our look at the day-to-day operations of some of our soldiers, through pictures provided to us by military reporters embedded with the "Regional Command East".

Like his grandfather, Sergeant Christian Kapler is a man who likes to build.  Pictures from Army public affairs show the Oelwein native in a workshop he constructed in a shipping crate in Torkham, Afghanistan.

We're told he's made a lot of improvements to the forward operating base since arriving there in October.  He's upgraded the base's firing range and has continued to find other ways to make life easier seven thousand miles away from home.

No surprise, the 15-year veteran of the Iowa Army National Guard works construction back in Iowa when not deployed overseas. 

Kapler is married with three children.  He said he plans to start a tool-rental business when he returns to Iowa, and his wife is taking accounting classes so she can help run the administrative side of the business.

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