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Army Reserve Maj. James H. Russell has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.
Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.
Russell, a battalion deputy commander is a member of the 1185th Deployment Distribution Support Battalion, based in Lancaster, PA. He has 21 years of military service.
He is the son of James Roberts Russell of Little Meadows, PA, and Patricia Ann White of Oswego, NY
The major graduated in 1984 from Montrose High School, PA, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1988 from Mansfield University, PA.
Army National Guard Pvt. Thomas W. Jagel has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, GA.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
He is the son of Rachel Carter of Montrose, PA.
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