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Area soldier expected tomorrow at Falcon Field

An area soldier who died in Afghanistan June 7 will be brought home through Falcon Field tomorrow, with an estimated time of arrival at 9:45 a.m.

Army Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine, 20, of Luthersville, died in Maiwand, Afghanistan in an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.

A motorcade of law enforcement officers joined by the Patriot Guard Riders will lead the procession from Falcon Field which will go south on Dividend Drive, south on Ga. Highway 74 and north on Ga. Highway 85 into Fayetteville. Once in town, the procession will head east on Ga. Highway 54 to McDonough Road where it will leave the county limits.

It has become customary for citizens to line the route of the procession, some waving flags, to show their respect for our military’s heroes who gave their last measure of devotion to their country.

According to multiple media reports, Pfc. Goodine attended Henry County High School and leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.

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I cringe every time I read one of these. Well done Private Goodine, Rest In Peace.

will grow up without their parent, too many spouses mourning the loss of their mate, too many mothers and fathers feeling the hurt that only a parent can feel. And for what? Does anyone in Afghanistan really care? More and more I find myself feeling like an isolationist. Time after time we send our young people into battle in places where the people do not fight for themselves. So many who never come home and too many who have missing limbs or other injuries--some injuries that are not visible to the naked eye but just as life-altering. And so many times our government does not do right by them. Anymore, our government seems more interested in waging these wars than they do in caring for our military when they return home. It is amazing and a tribute to them, that so many of our young men and women continue to join the military. They are all heroes and all of us as individuals and as a country need to do all we can for those who return and do everything we can to make sure the sacrifice of those who do not return is not forgotten---along with their families who live with the result of their sacrifice. God bless them all.

HerkFE's picture

There is nothing in that part of the world that is worth one drop of American sweat. Pull our people out and make it a giant sheet of glass skating rink. The world would be a better place.

As a vet of 21 yrs active duty (2 1/2 Vietnam), for some time I have been a proponent of unassing Afghanistan and leave it to an ungrateful President and citizenry to fend for themselves--and they will get their just rewards, whatever those may be.

G35 Dude's picture

I thought the plan was get get Bin Laden? We did that. Why are we still there? It is time for our people to come home. Let Iraq and Afghanistan take care of themselves. I'm tired of being the worlds police.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

For those that don't know, he has a 3 year old daughter, Katy, wife Nicole and his 2 grandfathers served in our military. He has a younger brother, Christopher, who joined the Army 3 months after he did. To them and mom, Mandy, dad Dwayne, sisters Jennifer, Halley and Destinee and all others, we mourn today for your loss of Brandon.

May Katy grow up in this wonderful country where she will also have this freedom of speech and other freedoms we now enjoy and take for granted today. God bless all of you and please know that God is closest to those whose hearts are broken.

Cyclist's picture

Our Nation's Flag in one hand while the other hand covered my heart as the procession and motorcade went by.

My eyes welled up with tears.

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PTC Observer's picture

With one other guy at the entrance, really hard to see this again.

I was doing exactly the same thing you were doing.

All American Hero - died too young as they always do.

With deepest condolences to his family

tgarlock's picture

. . . Wayne King, a fellow Vietnam vet, when the motorcade turned right on 74 from Dividend Drive. With hand over heart we delivered what little bit of condolence we could to the family. I always ache a little for the sacrifice of the troops on the edge of the spear, and I always suspect the imperfect motives and questionable strategy of our decision-makers in Washington, whose decisions determine the fate of people like Pfc. Goodine.

The motorcade was impressive, with more Patriot Guard motorcycles than I have ever seen. Good to see that many people honoring this young man's sacrifice and his memory.

Terry Garlock

tgarlock's picture

. . . Wayne King, a fellow Vietnam vet, when the motorcade turned right on 74 from Dividend Drive. With hand over heart we delivered what little bit of condolence we could to the family. I always ache a little for the sacrifice of the troops on the edge of the spear, and I always suspect the imperfect motives and questionable strategy of our decision-makers in Washington, whose decisions determine the fate of people like Pfc. Goodine.

The motorcade was impressive, with more Patriot Guard motorcycles than I have ever seen. Good to see that many people honoring this young man's sacrifice and his memory.

Terry Garlock

Terry Garlock

I was one driveway down from you. Too young and too soon. I agree with you.

ginga1414's picture

God's blessings and all my love to Pfc. Goodine and his family.

Katy, your Daddy was a brave wonderful man who just wanted to make sure you could grow up free.

Thank you just isn't enough, Pfc. Goodine!

ctkcec's picture

While I was unable to be at the airport this morning, I have made that trip repeatedly to stand in honor of the young men who have sacrificed their lives on far away battlefields. In younger days, I served on a number of honor guards and funeral details for those lost in Vietnam. It never gets easier. One can debate the wisdom or morality of this war or any war (or war in general) but one cannot debate or doubt the courage and dedication of young men (and women) such as PFC Goodine. One can neither diminish nor overestimate the grief of his family and the depth of their loss.

Father David Epps
Christ the King Church

David Epps

PTC Observer's picture

you Brandon D. Goodine - services tomorrow.

This YouTube video was made by a 15 year old girl, Lizzie Palmer. Watch all of it and remember Brandon and his family in your prayers tomorrow.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ervaMPt4Ha0&autoplay=1

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