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Corwin returns home from Afghanistan

Posted: Thursday, Jan 31st, 2013

Veteran Marshal Corwin recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan and currently works as a civilian aircraft mechanic for the Utah Army National Guard. Courtesy photo

KEMMERER — Marshal Corwin, a veteran with the Utah Army National Guard, returned home to Kemmerer on Thursday, Jan. 17, after a seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

Corwin joined the Guard in April 2002 and completed basic training in Fort Jackson, S. C. He went then into Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as an avionics aircraft electrician.

Three years later, in 2005, he was deployed to Afghanistan for one year.

“We received the deployment call on Thanksgiving and had less than two weeks to prepare,” Corwin said. “I was told by my recruiter that it wasn’t if but when I would be deployed, but I think that I was still surprised, being very young and new to the unit.”

During that time, he worked on Apache helicopters. Corwin explained that there are three types of army helicopters: attack, utility and cargo. Apache helicopters fall into the attack category; they are manned by two pilot and carry missiles and rockets in addition to machine guns.

While adjusting to civilian life after his stateside return in 2005, Corwin started dating Kemmerer resident April Hartmann. Corwin and Hartmann married nine months after his return to the US.

He deployed a second time in 2012 and spent the first five months in Fort Hood, Texas, before being sent back to Afghanistan. Two days after arriving in Afghanistan, Corwin was sent to a Forward Operating Base (FOB) where he spent five months before being transferred to the main base to assist in the base’s dismantlement, a two month transition. After a nine-day unit demobilization at Fort Hood, Corwin returned to Kemmerer.

Corwin’s future plans include going back to work in Salt Lake City, Utah, as an aircraft mechanic. He will work as a federal civilian employee maintaining aircraft for the National Guard’s monthly weekend drills. On days off he will be at home with his wife in Kemmerer.

“I really like Kemmerer — it’s nice and a lot less complicated,” Corwin said of being back.

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