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U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Kirby Mills shows off a copy of the Laker sent to him in a care package by his parents, Dianne and Fred Mills of Moneta. Kirby Mills was deployed for seven months to Sangin, Afghanistan, with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he served as an advisor to the Afghan National Army. He is awaiting orders to Virginia for his next duty assignment.




While traveling in June 2011 through central Spain, a group from Martinsville High School stopped to enjoy Don Quixote’s Windmills of La Mancha in Consuegra. Pictured with their copy of the Laker are, from left, Diane Richardson, Lisa Marie Murray, Sarah Draper, Molly Anderson, Tommy O’Neil, Bethany O’Neil, Virginia Crabtree and Mark Crabtree.

Caroline and Ty Young of Warrenton and Huddleston cruised along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in August 2011. The couple made stops in Barcelona, Tunis, Rome and Florence, Spain, as well as the independent state of Monaco where they posed for this photo in front of the harbor in Monte Carlo.

Last July, Andy Burford of Moneta shared the Laker with the boss at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. Burford was there to visit family, including his son, SMSgt. Andrew S. Morgan, Superintendent for Detachment 460, a small unit at Eielson Air Force Base that maintains seismic and atmospheric monitoring equipment throughout Alaska.

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Cindy and Lars Okeson traveled to Canada in September 2011 where they posed for this picture in Cavendish on Prince Edward Island. In the background is the farmhouse that author Lucy Maud Montgomery used as inspiration for her novel “Anne of Green Gables,” which was published in 1908 and later adapted for film, stage and TV.

Last November, Trevor and Garrett Knox of Chantilly took the Laker up Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii. The boys and their parents, David and Sandy Knox, who spend summers at Bernard’s Landing, posed for this sunset photo at an elevation of approximately 9,500 feet. While in Hawaii, the family also visited Waimea Canyon and Volcano National Park.

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