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Vermont cousins head off to fight War on Terrorism

VERGENNES - SPC Scott Botala, Jr. of Vergennes and Sgt. Durane Scribner of Milton deployed on Jan. 6, 2010. Both men are with the Vergennes, Bravo Battery 1st/101 FA, unit of the Vermont Army National Guard. Both men are first cousins. They will train for approximately 65 days at Ft. Addleberry, Indiana, before being stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Botala is the son of Jackie (Scribner) and Scott Botala, Sr. of Vergennes. Scott Botala, Jr., is a father of four-year-old Scott Botala III. He graduated from VUHS in 2005, completed his basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C., and AIT at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Botala is employed by Revision Eyewear in Essex Junction.

Scribner is the son of Rodney Scribner of St. Albans and Charlene LeClaire Whitehouse of Enosburg. He is the husband of Sarah (Baker) Scribner and father to Holdyn Scribner of Milton. Scribner graduated from VUHS in 2002 and completed basic training and AIT at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. Scribner is employed full time by the Vermont Army National Guard. This is Scribner's second deployment having served in Kuwait in 2004. Scribner's father, SPC Rodney Scribner also served a tour in Iraq in 2004.

Durane Scribner enlisted in the National Guard at age 17. His wife Sarah and son will await his return. His father, Rodney Scribner, served in Iraq in 2004 and his brother, Ryan Scribner is also in the military in Georgia.

The grandfather of both Botala and Scribner is Lewis Scribner Jr., of Charlotte, a retired CWO2, and veteran of the Vietnam War.

Other Scriber and Botala family members have served with honor in the U.S. military.

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