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Mid-Michigan father-daughter team is deploying to Afghanistan

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(02/15/12) - The new owner of a Frankenmuth beauty salon is looking forward to working long hours there. It will keep her mind occupied while her husband and daughter serve in Afghanistan.

Wednesday was ribbon cutting time for Shannon and Tim Larrison at Allure'a Salon. But while they celebrating, Shannon's heart is a little heavy. Two of her loved ones are going to Afghanistan.

"My husband is leaving next Friday with my daughter to go to Afghanistan for a year. He thought this would be a great way to keep me out of trouble," Shannon Larrison told the crowd that had gathered for the grand opening.

Katelyn Larrison is a private in the Army Reserves. Tim, her father and a master sergeant in the same unit-, came back from a year in Afghanistan in September. He's also a trooper at the Michigan State Police post in Bay City. Although he's eligible to retire from the Reserves, he wanted to return overseas to be with his 19-year-old daughter.

"I think it's comforting for her that I'll be there and she'll have someone to go to," said Tim Larrison.

While they'll be in the same vicinity, they'll have different duties. He's in a military police unit. Katelyn deals with communications.

"I'll always be Dad, but at work I'm Master Sergeant," Tim said.

"I'm beyond proud of them," added Shannon.

However, Shannon is conflicted about move.

"My head and my heart don't match. I'm happy that he's going to be with our daughter because to me she's just a little girl. But at the same time I don't want them to go. I'm happy and sad," Shannon said.

The Allure'a Salon in downtown Frankenmuth has 15 employees. Supervising them and running the business should keep Shannon from dwelling on the separation.

"With the salon, it will keep her busy. That's what she needs," Tim said.

And thanks to modern technology, it's fairly easy to stay in touch with each other.

"You see them on Skype and talk to them just about every day," Shannon said.

The father-daughter team should return home in nine to 12 months.

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