He tried to work with soldiers and make them into better soldiers in a tough-love kind of way.
— Capt. Jonathan Shiroma, friend
No stranger to the streets of Iraq, Lawson went out regularly on visits to police stations. He excelled at working with younger soldiers and often softened his stern demeanor with encouraging words.
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