Thompsaon returning home 

Published 3:01 pm Friday, May 8, 2009

Army Reserve Spec. Hope J. Thompsaon is returning to the United States after a deployment to the Iraqi Theater of Operations in support of 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.

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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.

Thompsaon, a petroleum supply specialist with two years of military service, is assigned to the 894th Quartermaster Company, based in Jackson, Miss.

She is the daughter of Josie B. Powell of Blakely, Ga.

Thompsaon graduated in 1995 from Early County High School, Blakely, and received an associate degree in 2005 from Washington Holmes Technical High School, Chipley, Fla.