Martin returning from deployment

Published 1:42 pm Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Army Reserve Spc. Lequion O. Martin is returning to the United States 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.

The 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.

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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.

Martin, a human resource specialist with two years of military service, is regularly assigned to the 912th Human Resources Company, based out of Tallahassee, Fla. While deployed, she was awarded two Army Achievement Medals.

The specialist is the daughter of Larry Rogers Sr. of Bainbridge, Ga. She graduated in 1996 from Bainbridge High School.