From battlefield to farmland: North Carolina Army Reserve Soldiers enhance USDA with military skills
231012-A-TH733-3040.JPG Photo By: Capt. Ariana-Jasmine Castrellon

ASHEBORO, N.C. - U.S. Army Reserve Soldier 2nd Lt. Kenneth Payne, signal officer for the 389th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, meticulously surveys land in Asheboro, North Carolina, to construct a dry stack building. Serving in his civilian capacity as a civil engineer technician with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Payne oversees the development of environmentally sustainable infrastructure designed to transform waste from chicken houses into valuable fertilizer.


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