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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Army National Guard Spec. Aaron D. Fields has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., for a deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier is a member of the 38th Military Police Company, a national guard unit based in Danville, Ind.

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.

Fields, a military police member, has served in the military for two years.

He is the son of Bill and Jackie R. Pilkia, Knightsville. He graduated in 2003 from Northview High School, and received an associate degree in 2005 from Ivy Tech Community College.

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