2011-06-02 / Local & State

Returns From Deployment

Army Reserve Spec. Cliff L. Kauffman is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/ New Dawn, or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations.

Soldiers return to Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., for debriefing, evaluations and out-processing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Army Reserve or National Guard units.

Operation New Dawn transitions and signifies a formal end to U.S. military combat operations in Iraq. The transition shifts the U.S. emphasis from predominantly military to predominately civilian as the U.S. officials assist Iraqis in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement. The three primary missions of U.S. forces include advising, assisting, and training the Iraqi Security Forces; conducting partnered counterterrorism operations; and providing support to provincial reconstruction teams and civilian partners as they help build Iraq’s civil capacity.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U. S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Kauffman served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The specialist, a military police member with more than two years of military service, is regularly assigned to the 372nd Military Police Co., Cumberland, Md.

He is the son of Clifford and Faye A. Kauffman of East Market St., McConnellsburg, Pa. In 1998, Kauffman graduated from Mc- Connellsburg High School.

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