Lance Corporal Brian Vanderpool, from Black Canyon City, recently returned home from Afghanistan.
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Local Marine home after Afghanistan deployment

Staff Report~ 6/25/2014

BLACK CANYON CITY – Lance Corporal Brian Vanderpool is safely back in the United States after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan. He returned on June 10.
Vanderpool has served in the Marine Corps for two years. His unit is 1st Battalion 9th Marines as a 0331 Machinegunner. Since returning from Afghanistan, Vanderpool has been stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. 
Vanderpool is a Black Canyon City native, who spent all his years in school at Canon Elementary School and Boulder Creek High School, graduating from Boulder Creek in 2012. He played football for BCHS, and in his senior year was on their Cross Country team. 
Vanderpool has been interested in the Marine Corps for years and has been striving to become a Marine since he was nine years old. He was involved in an organization called Firebird Young Marines from age 11 until he graduated high school, and after graduation he went on to the Marine Corps. 

Vanderpool was warmly welcomed home by his family. His parents John and Sharon Kelly report that they are extremely proud of him and his service and dedication to his family, country, and to God.