Ex-Marine Uses Skills to Help Others

LAND O’ LAKES — Chris Stowe has a storied past as an explosives technician in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The retired master gunnery sergeant has mementos of his service — a field knife mounted to the lid of an explosives box, for instance — hanging prominently in his new office as Pasco County schools security director.

Though proud of his 24-year career, with several stints in the Middle East, Stowe isn’t one to dwell on it. (Though do ask him about whether it’s possible for a Mercedes engine block to protect two soldiers from enemy fire.)

His life, he remarked, is one with a “comma, not a period.”

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