2005-03-18 / Community

Bravo Back From Iraqi Freedom

Army Staff Sgt. Ciro Bravo Jr. has returned to the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Ga., after a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for distinguishing himself by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service while participating in 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.

Bravo, a team chief, is the son of Andrea Bravo-Zambrano of Far Rockaway. He is a 1988 graduate of August Martin High School.

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