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Northern District of Iowa Assistant United States Attorney selected to Command in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Northern District of Iowa Assistant United States Attorney Patrick J. Reinert, who is also a Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserve, was selected to Command the Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan, and the NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission, effective late May, 2013.

The Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan is a joint, coalition command comprised of US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard members along with military personnel from Afghanistan, Poland, Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands. The Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan partners with civil-military Rule of Law teams to build Afghan criminal justice capacity, increase access to dispute resolution services, fight corruption, and promote the legitimacy of the Afghan government. The NATO Rule of Law Support Mission provides liaison and security to Afghan and international civilian technical assistance providers to support the building of Afghan criminal justice capacity and increase access to dispute resolution services.

In Brigadier General Reinert’s most recent assignment, he served as the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Legal Command is a nationwide command comprised of approximately 1800 Soldiers assigned to twenty-eight subordinate units in forty-three states.

In the Northern District of Iowa United States Attorney’s Office, Brigadier General Reinert serves as the Chief Prosecutor for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program.

U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry said, “We are happy to support this important mission in Afghanistan. We know Brigadier General Reinert will have a successful and productive assignment and look forward to his safe return.”

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