Army Reserve Sgt. Douglas J. Chaffee has deployed overseas to a forward-operating location 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.
Chaffee, a counterintelligence agent, is normally assigned to the 384th Military Police Battalion, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He is the son of David D. and Loretta M. Chaffee of Milan.
The sergeant graduated in 1999 from Edison High School and received a bachelor's degree in 2003 from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wisc.
Army Pfc. Bradley E. Holzwart has graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
Holzwart is the son of Roger Holzwart of Bellevue.