Nahshon Cline graduated from Army boot camp Aug. 28, 2002 in Ft. Sill, Okla.
He was third in his class of 209 soldiers, and received top marksmanship.
He is now stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky. with the 377th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division.
He left for Iraq Feb. 28 and may be there for 180 days.
He graduated from Mesa High School and is the son of Sue and Brad Forgey, who write, "We, his four sisters and all of his family pray for his safe return, as they do for all the brave soldiers fight for our great, free country."