Barger to be deployed

Barger to be deployed
Army National Guard Capt. John B. Barger has been mobilized and activated at Fort McCoy, Sparta, Wis., for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier is a member of the 206th Engineer Battalion, Prestonsburg, Ky. 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. Barger is a company commander with 12 years of military service. He is the son of Jerry Barger of Doylesville Road, Richmond, Ky., and Mary Potter of Washington St., Clinton, Ky. His wife, Leanne, is the daughter of Marshall and Peggy Meade of Whippoorwill Road, Paintsville, Ky. The captain graduated in 1991 from Frankfort High School, Ky., and received a bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Charter Oak State College, New Britain, Conn. Published in The Messenger 6.18.08

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