October 15, 2013

Daily contact helps Maine soldier be at home in Afghanistan

By CRAIG CROSBY Kennebec Journal

MONMOUTH — Every day there’s at least one picture. Often it represents something that happened that day, like the dog with a snout full of porcupine quills, or it may be a random shot of one of the kids doing something funny.

Maine Army National Guard Maj. Scott Lewis is shown in August before leaving for a second tour in Afghanistan.

Kennebec Journal file

Two months into her husband’s deployment to Afghanistan with the Maine Army National Guard, Lynn Lewis is as determined as ever to make sure he feels as much a part of the family as is possible for a man 7,000 miles away.

“We try to keep him as involved as possible without making him worry more,” she said.

Scott Lewis, a major in the Maine Army National Guard who has spent most of the past 14 years with the 133rd Engineer Battalion, left Monmouth in August for training in Mississippi and arrived in Afghanistan at the end of September. Lewis, 45, is overseeing hundreds of men and women as they close military sites or retrofit them for use by Afghans. He likely will not be home until next summer.

“I don’t think he’s had a day off since Sept. 4,” Lynn said. “They work 12, 14, 16-hour days.”

This is the second deployment for Lewis – he spent a year in Iraq in 2004-05. He’s left behind Lynn and his two children, 16-year-old Kimberlee and 6-year-old Nathan.

The family is well into settling into a routine that includes daily emails and using Skype so they can talk to and see Scott over the computer every day or so.

Kimberlee, meanwhile, is rehearsing for the part of Dorothy in the upcoming Monmouth Community Theater production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Craig Crosby can be contacted at 621-5642 or at:ccrosby@mainetoday.com

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