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Former Islip Town Attorney Pierce Cohalan flew into Long Island MacArthur Airport late last week, returning from a yearlong stint in Afghanistan as a captain in the U.S. Army — his second in the Mideast.

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He comes back weeks after Republican Andrew Garbarino won election to the state Assembly, a seat that some supporters wanted Cohalan to seek even though it would have meant running in absentia.

But if history means anything, Cohalan’s services could still come in handy. In 2007, John Cochrane Jr. weighed a similar run while serving in the Navy in the Mideast, though he later demurred. Hovever, after returning, he became part of the 2011 Republican town board ticket that brought back control of the town hall to the Islip GOP.