Wel­come Home!

A home­town hero re­ceives warm wel­come

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

He’s headed back to Afghanista­n to fin­ish his cur­rent mis­sion in that as a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Armed Forces.

Sergeant Scot Spencer, a son of Arch Jr. and Bar­bara Spencer, will be re­turn­ing to that Asian coun­try to con­tinue his role as part of the ISAF the end of this month. He fin­ishes his tour in Novem­ber/De­cem­ber.

Spencer, now 32, has been a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Army since he joined the Forces at age 18. His home base is CFB Petawawa, near Ot­tawa, On­tario.

This is his third tour of duty over­seas, pre­vi­ously serv­ing in Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina and Kabul, Afghanista­n in 2003.

He role now is as Com­mand Post Sergeant with the in­ter­na­tional sup­port force.

Sgt. Spencer’s pre­vi­ous Cana­dian de­ploy­ments have in­cluded the Red River floods in Man­i­toba and the ice storm in Que­bec.

He pointed out “It’s not un­com­mon to serve a third tour (of duty over­seas) but it is un­com­mon for a fourth tour.”

Sgt. Spencer is mar­ried with two chil­dren - a boy and a girl.

“I don’t know for sure if my wife en­joys New­found­land but she flew home when school closed with our two chil­dren.”

The Town of Marys­town pre­sented Sgt. Spencer with a flag of the Town of Marys­town prior to last Tues­day’s reg­u­lar coun­cil ses­sion.

Fam­ily mem­bers and friends then joined Sgt. Spencer for a mo­tor­cade through the town, as they ‘wel­comed home their hero’.

Ge­orge Macvicar Photo

Sgt. Scot Spencer, a 14-year vet­eran with the Cana­dian Army Forces and cur­rently serv­ing in Afghanista­n, is joined by fam­ily and friends in the Marys­town Town Coun­cil Cham­bers prior to a mo­tor­cade through the town.

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