Navy pilot earns degree in combat zone

by the Associated Press

The Navy lieutenant needed armed guards and an armored car to get to an exam site, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A deadly bomb attack also caused him to his miss classes _ transmitted live via the Internet _ but he persevered and earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Southern California while commanding a top security team. His class graduated on Friday, as he joins a growing number of service members earning college degrees while deployed in a war zone. “Not only was he out there living on the edge, but he had to get his homework done,” USC professor Frank Alvidrez said.

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