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Decatur school board member coming home

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Decatur school board member Dwight Jett Jr. is scheduled to leave Baghdad and the Iraq War on Friday.

His wife, Karen Jett, told The Daily on Thursday at the school board's called meeting that, barring unforeseen circumstances like weather or an enemy attack, her husband is supposed to fly to Kuwait and then to a military base in the U.S.

She said she will meet him on his return, but it will probably be a week before he returns to Decatur.

"I'm just beside myself with excitement," Karen Jett said. "It's been a long year."

Lt. Col. Jett and members of the 1169th Engineering Group of the Alabama National Guard left Huntsville on Aug. 1, 2006, for Fort McCoy, Wis. They spent 11/2 months in pre-mobilization training and two weeks in Kuwait before landing in Baghdad on Oct. 14.

He was a command judge
advocate for a brigade-sized unit. In addition to his legal
duties, he worked as an
engineering officer, living at
the forward operating base Camp Liberty in the Baghdad area.

Jett, 44, shut down his law practice during his absence.
His wife filled his spot as
the District 4 representative
on the Decatur school board. He is in his second school board term.

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