2002-06-22 / Community

Local Participated in Operation Joint Guardian

Local Participated in Operation Joint Guardian

Army Staff Sgt. Raymond A. Murphy Jr., son of Raymond A. and stepson of Sandra Murphy, has returned to Fort Benning, Columbus, GA., from a six-month deployment to Kosovo, a Serbian province in the Balkans.

The soldier, assigned to the First Battalion, 30th Infantry, participated in Operation Joint Guardian. The operation is a multinational peacekeeping mission that provides a safe and secure environment for the people of Kosovo.

Each of the returning soldiers was awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal and the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Medal. The medals are awarded to individuals who have participated or served in support of one or more of the eight military operations and task forces in Kosovo and bordering and surrounding Balkan countries. They also must have served under NATO command of operational control in direct support of NATO operations in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia or Adriatic Sea since 1992.

During Operation Joint Guardian, the soldiers’ mission was to conduct patrols along the Macedonian and Serbian borders to prevent illegal crossings and smuggling activities into Kosovo. They also patrol towns and villages to observe and prevent ethnic violence between Kosovar Serbs and Albanians, and conduct check point and cordon searches to seize illegal weapons caches.

Murphy is a unit supply sergeant assigned to the Alpha Company.

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