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Times Staff Writer
Published December 21, 2003

Army Sgt. David Hackett, 26, of Brooksville has been serving in the Middle East since January 2003. His unit, based in Orlando, is attached to A Company 2nd, 124th Infantry.

As a student at Hernando High School, Hackett was a member of the ROTC unit. Immediately following his graduation in 1996, he began serving his four years as an airborne ranger. After serving his term, he joined the Army Reserves.

Six months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hackett was reactivated and served in Homeland Defense for six months as an airport guard. On Dec. 27, 2002, he was reactivated to serve in Enduring Freedom; he was sent to Iraq in early January.

Hackett is a firefighter with Hernando County Fire Rescue and the son of Deborah and Dennis Hackett of Brooksville.

Navy Seaman Lawrence E. Deal of Brooksville recently graduated from the basic enlisted submarine course at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn.

During the six-week course, Deal learned the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear-powered submarines. He learned shipboard organization, damage control and submarine safety and escape procedures.

Deal participated in hands-on training with reality simulators, practicing fire fighting and flood control onboard a submarine. He also learned about a submarine's basic hydraulic, water and air systems, and practiced escaping from a simulated sinking submarine.

Deal is a 2003 graduate of Hernando High School and the son of Lawrence Deal of Ridge Manor.

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