Cal Cunningham, a former state senator who lost a U.S. Senate primary last year, is heading to Afghanistan.
Four years ago, the Lexington Democrat, a lawyer in the Army Reserve, deployed to Iraq. A senior prosecutor, he worked out of one of Saddam Hussein's old palaces. Now he's on his way to Afghanistan.
He'll be one of two lawyers working with a special operations task force and even doing “Village Stability Operations.” He writes about the new deployment on his blog.
He'll leave his wife and two children in Lexington, including the daughter born after Sept. 11, 2001.
"We were pregnant with Caroline on that horrifying September day ten years ago," he wrote. "If I can play some small role in helping make a world safer for her and for Will – and their generation – the time will be worth it. Given the stakes for our country, I am compelled to try."
Last year Cunningham lost a Democratic Senate primary runoff to Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.