Local soldier retires from White House security team

This work landed him on Diego Garcia Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, several stints in Winter Harbor Maine, Rota, Spain and Biloxi, Miss., and Sugar Grove, West Virginia.

It was during his stint in Sugar Grove maintaining computer systems that he met his wife Diane, who was a cryptology technology officer.

They married in December 2004 and she left the service. The two had twins and she settled in Warrensburg to raise the children, with Duell visiting as often as he could.

Most recently, he has focused on maintenance of computer networks for security and communications and that's the field in which he'll be seeking employment, Duell said.

Undoubtedly, he'll be enjoying recreational activities that he participated in while in the military - softball, flag football and volleyball. In high school, Duell was a starting pitcher in baseball, and he was active on the football and basketball teams as well.

Also, Duell will be pursuing the outdoor activities he said he loves.

"It's good to be getting back to my fishing and hunting," he said.

Duell added he's happy to be at home with his family.

He said although he and Diane could choose to raise their family anywhere, they've chosen to return to Warrensburg, for its school and the community spirit.

"I've been looking forward to being home here with my family, instead of being a weekend dad," he said.

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