TICONDEROGA Jason Mott is further from his home in Ticonderoga than he ever could have imagined when he received his Ticonderoga High School diploma in June 2001. Sgt. Mott is currently stationed in Afghanistan as part of the 1-101st AVN unit of the 101st Screaming Eagles. This is Motts second deployment. His first was in Iraq. His units current assignment is guard duty, which Mott said is more interesting than the work he did during his Iraq deployment. You can talk to the local kids who know English. You can talk to them better than the adults, Mott explained, because they know English. While his unit is under attack often from rockets, he said that it is usually at night. You wake up to a big boom, and it goes on for hours, he said. Mott also described some highlights so far of his Afghanistan deployment, including meeting and having his picture taken with country music singer Toby Keith. Mott joined the U.S. Army after high school graduation and completed his training in Ft. Jackson, S.C. When in the United States, his unit is stationed in Ft. Campbell, Ky., just 35 miles from Nashville, Tenn. His goal is to become a Warrant officer and someday a helicopter pilot. Jasons brother Nick is a senior at Ticonderoga High School this year and is heading to the U.S. Army himself in September. Their parents are Sheri Mott and Randy Nadeau. Jasons wife Amanda and sons Xavier and Daniel live in Tennessee.