For the past nine months, Chen has led an engineering battalion sent by China to demine the Lebanese border with Israel, where thousands of landmines were left after the conflict between those countries in 2006.
Rescue soldiers rush past a hazardous, quake-triggered landslide site to help victims in Lushan county, Ya'an city in Southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 21, 2013.
Rescue soldiers help a girl receive an infusion in Lushan county, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, on April 20, 2013. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the county on April 20, leaving at least 200 people dead and more than 10,000 injured.
Song Zhengqiong, holding her daughter, cries in front of her damaged house after a strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake at Longmen village, Lushan county in Ya'an, Sichuan province April 21, 2013.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Yang Yujie (center), a 7-year-old boy who was badly injured in Surtarday's davatated 7.0-magnitude quake.
Search and rescue continued Sunday as death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake climbed to 179 in Southwest China's Sichuan province.
Boys sleep in a tricycle after a 7.0-magnitute earthquake in Ya'an of Southwest China's Sichuan province April 20, 2013.
First rescuers have reached an isolated county in Southwest China's Sichuan province hit by Saturday's strong earthquake, said the police sources here Sunday.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya'an city in the province at 8:02 am Saturday, leaving more than 100 dead.
A mother gives birth to a baby at a makeshift tent built at the People's Hospital of Ya'an, Sichuan province which was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake Saturday morning.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived at the epicenter of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which jolted southwest China's Sichuan Province and killed at least 124 Saturday.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has dispatched relief materials to the quake-striken areas, including 30,000 tents, 50,000 cotton blankets and 10,000 make-shift beds.