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November 18, 2009 - Army CW3 Mark A. Layne II, a 1994 Goodrich High School graduate, is currently stationed at Speicher Air Force Base, northwest of Tikrit in Iraq, serving as a Blackhawk pilot. This is Layne's third deployment— his first two deployments were from Fort Campbell, Ky. with the 101st Airborne Air Assault. His current deployment is with the 25th Infantry Division. Layne, 34, has served in the Army for 16 years and is based out of Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He also served in Bosnia. Layne is the son of Mark and Gail Layne of Goodrich and also has a sister in Goodrich. Layne is married and has a 9-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. He misses his wife, children, and family most of all.

Army PFC Josh Tait, a 2005 Brandon High School graduate, is currently stationed in Bagrum, Afghanistan. This is Tait's first deployment and he will be in Afghanistan for a little more than seven months, serving as military police.

Tait, 22, is the son of Carol and David Tait of Ortonville, and the brother of Aaron and Sarah, also Brandon High School graduates.

What Tait misses most about home are his friends, family, and his new puppy, Dozer.

Army Specialist Michael Stockwell Jr., 34, is a 1993 Brandon High school graduate. He is serving his third deployment in Afghanistan and is based out of Alaska. .

He joined the Army right after high school and is a communications specialist. He has been away from home since February 2009 and hopes to be home before Easter.

Michael and his wife Angela have been married 12 years and have four children, Douglas, 13 (who lives in Oklahoma), Justin 10, Brandon 9, and Aubrey, 6.

He misses being with his wife and the kids the most, along with just spending time in daily family activities.

He misses seeing the kids playing baseball, football, and wrestling. When he left on his first deployment in 2003 Aubrey learned to sit up. When he returned, she was walking and talking.

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