Thursday, September 01, 2005

Shirley Returns From Iraq Duty

LABELLE, FL. -- Army Spec. Joshua J. Shirley has returned to Fort Drum,
Watertown, N.Y., after being deployed to Iraq in support of Operations
Iraqi Freedom. The redeployed soldier, along with other soldiers from
various companies within the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment,
are members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light
Infantry) at Fort Drum. All of the soldiers were awarded the Global War on
Terrorism Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the
National Defense Service Medal for their participation in Operation Iraqi

Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) helped the Iraqi
government to be self governing, conducted defensive and offensive
operations and infrastructure reinforcement, and trained Iraqi national
guard battalion members. By the end of their deployment, the soldiers were
responsible for military operations for almost half of Baghdad.

Shirley, an infantry team leader, has served six years in the Army. He is
the son of Bonnie S. and stepson of Bruce A. Whitehead of Clark St.,
Labelle, Fla. His wife, Gidget, is the daughter of David and Mary Ann
Dodson of Clipper Circle, Labelle, Fla.

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