Mainers in Afghanistan
  • Staff Sgt. Jamie Grant

    Age: 40

    Hometown: Buxton

    Occupation: Special services coordinator, Maine Medical Center in Portland

    Quote: “Happy New Year to my wife, Susan, and my kids, Alexis and Josh. Thank you, and the whole community, for your continued support. It’s been really great.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Staff Sgt. Shannon Trepanier

    Age: 31

    Hometown: Sanford

    Occupation: Medical coder, Goodall Hospital in Sanford

    Quote: “Happy New Year, friends and family. I’m doing great. You can’t control the cards you’re dealt, but you can control how you play them.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Lapointe

    Age: 47

    Hometown: Sebago

    Occupation: Line supervisor, Poland Spring Water Co. in Hollis

    Quote: “To my wife, Angie, and my daughter, Dani, I miss you and I’m looking forward to coming home and getting big hugs from both my girls.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Spc. Brian Bohn

    Age: 26

    Hometown: Saco

    Occupation: Event security, city of Portland

    Quote: “I want to wish my wife, Amber, a good, speedy delivery for our daughter, who’s going to be born in April. It’s a girl, her name is Charlotte, and I’m nervous. And happy birthday to my mom, Mary Bohn, whose brithday is coming up in January and she’s going to be … somewhere in her 50s.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Staff Sgt. Mary Quirion

    Age: 31

    Hometown: Gardiner

    Occupation: Maine Army National Guard

    Quote: “I’d like to say hi to my kids, Austin and Makayla, and my dad and mom, Michael and Cheryl Welch. I love you and I miss you and you are my rock.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Spc. Zachary Cox

    Age: 30

    Hometown: Portland

    Occupation: Political fundraiser for Staring Point Ops in Portland

    Quote: “I want to thank everyone in the state. We’ve gotten a lot of really good packages from students, teachers, librarians, a whole bunch of people. Also to my mother, Linda, and my wife, Alana, I’m safe here and thank you for the help.”

     

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Sgt. James Bird

    Age: 41

    Hometown: North Yarmouth

    Occupation: Truck driver for Hartt Transportation in Auburn

    Quote: “I’d like to say hello to my wife, Patty, and my daughter, Isabelle. I love you and miss you very much and appreciate all the good stuff you’re sending me over here. I’m very thankful every day.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Sgt. Lucas Bayne

    Age: 33

    Hometown: Oakland

    Occupation: Pharmacy manager, Walmart in Waterville

    Quote: “I send out my love to Michele, my hot wife, and my three beautiful daughters. I can’t wait to enjoy our summer of camping and boating back in Maine.”

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  • Spc. Krista Keene

    Age: 24

    Hometown: Gorham

    Occupation: Cumberland County 911 dispatcher

    Quote: “To my mother and father, Barbara and David Keene of Gorham, my brother, Hossein Miremadi, and my sisters Leaha Keene and Delvina Miremadi, I miss you and I’m doing well. I love you and Happy New Year!”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Spc. Isiah Lapid

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Gorham

    Occupation: Maine Army National Guard

    Quote: “To my mom and dad, Tammy Johnson and Henry Lapid, happy holidays and I hope everything is going good. Things here are pretty smooth and I can’t complain. Nice little vacation.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Spc. William Schoen

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Portland

    Occupation: Computer programmer for the state of Maine

    Quote: “To my parents, Bill Schoen and Coleen Schoen, and my family, I miss you, I love you guys and I’ll be home soon.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Sgt. Scott Turgeon

    Age: 29

    Hometown: Winthrop

    Occupation: Maine Army National Guard

    Quote: “I want to make a shout out to my fiancé, Josh Wheeler from Winthrop, and my children, Hayden and Hannah. Can’t wait until I go back home and we get to plan our Disney trip together.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Spc. Steven Webster

    Age: 25

    Hometown: Dixfield

    Occupation: Recent graduate of Universal Technical Institute

    Quote: “I want to say Happy New Year to my beautiful girlfriend, Holly Mathaisel. I love you and miss you and can’t wait to be home. And happy holidays to all of my family back in Maine.”
     

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Spc. Kristy Howarth

    Age: 20

    Hometown: West Newfield

    Occupation: Maine Army National Guard

    Quote: “To my older sister Tiffany in Pittsfield, keep your head up and things will get better and I’ll be home soon. To everyone else back home, time’s going by quick. I’ll be home soon and I’m staying safe.”
     

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Sgt. Mark Thibault

    Age: 40

    Hometown: Lewiston

    Occupation: Building maintenance, One City Center, Portland

    Quote: “I miss salt air, clean salt air, motorcycle rides, and family and friends. Everybody back home has been great with the support and love and the help to make my job easier here. To my fiancee, Cassie Huntley, son, Mark, my daughter, Kayla, and my stepdaughter, Tatyanah, I miss you all a lot.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • 1st Lt. Dan Landers

    Age: 42

    Hometown: Bangor

    Occupation: Fire inspector, city of Bangor

    Quote: “You never really realize how fantastic your wife’s home-cooked meals are until you regularly find beard hair in your food. You never realize how much you love your teenaged son’s zaniness until you’re constantly surrounded by a bunch of grumpy, old dudes. You never realize how sweet and pretty your little girl is until you are in a place where there is nothing that resembles either sweet or pretty. Far away from home, these things become suddenly apparent. There are also a lot of goats.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Sgt. Timothy Jacobson

    Age: 34

    Hometown: North Monmouth

    Occupation: Student in paramedicine at Southern Maine Community College

    Quote: “Hi to my wife, Jessica, my son Maximus, my daughter Violet and my brand-new son who was born in November – his name is Quintus. I miss you and I wish I could be with you right now during Christmas, but we’re doing important things here and helping people.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

  • Spc. Calahan McCue

    Age: 24

    Hometown: Denmark

    Occupation: Maine Army National Guard

    Quote: “To my family, I love you and miss you and I’ll see you sometime soon. I’m loving every second of it. And to Maine, thank you for all the support for us soldiers over here.”

    Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer