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Sgt. Schroeder returns from overseas deployment

Coal City graduate served Army in support of anti-terrorism operations

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 6:59 a.m. CDT

Army Sgt. Joshua R. Schroeder has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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.

Schroeder is assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He is the son of Heidi Schroeder of Ottawa.

The sergeant is a 2005 graduate of Coal City High School.

Pucel completes Army’s basic combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Lee J. Pucel has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Pucel is the son of Richard Pucel and Helen Schauer-Pucel, both of South Sunset Drive, Channahon. He is a 2012 graduate of Minooka Community High School.

Dooly graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cameron T. Dooley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Dooley is the grandson of Terrence and Sandra Dooley of Hill Road, Minooka.

He is a 2009 graduate of Minooka Community High School.

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