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Services for commander of elite explosives team

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CORONADO (CNS) - The body of a Coronado-based Navy lieutenant killed in action in Afghanistan arrived at Naval Air Station North Island Thursday from Delaware's Dover Air Force Base.

Christopher Mosko, 28, and two other service members were killed when a bomb exploded underneath their vehicle on April 26 in Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Nawa district, near the Pakistani border. Mosko was an explosive ordinance disposal officer.

Hundreds of Coronado residents lined Fourth Street to pay their respects, some carrying American flags, as Mosko's body was carried as part of a motorcade to a mortuary in Hillcrest.

"He excelled at what he did and, more so, he was a great leader," Lt. Cmdr. Gareth Healy said.

A private memorial service is scheduled for Friday at Naval Base Point Loma, followed by burial at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Mosko was a native of Worchester, Mass., and graduated from Drexel University before moving with his wife to San Diego. His family lives in Pittsford, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester.

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