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Strom returns from mission in Iraq

Army Reserve Sergeant John P. Strom has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He is the son of Paul C. Strom of Brandon and Sharon M. Slack of Alexandria. The sergeant graduated from Brandon High School in 2000.

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 people 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.

Strom, a motor transport operator, is normally assigned to the 353rd Transportation Company, Buffalo, Minnesota. He has six years of military service.