Local Soldier Returning Home
After Tour of Duty In Iraq
April 30, 2008
SPC Christopher R.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Nearly
180 Soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard are back in
Alaska, after a successful six-month deployment to Iraq. The
official ceremony to welcome them home and to honor their service
in Iraq is set for Thursday, May 1 at Fort Richardson.
Among those returning with
Bravo Company, 297th Support Battalion is SPC Christopher R.
Stacy of Ketchikan. Born and raised in Ketchikan, Stacy is the
son of John and Julia Guthrie of Ketchikan. SPC Stacy is expected
to arrived in Ketchikan on May 2, 2008.
"We are excited to welcome
home another successful Alaska Army National Guard unit,"
said Maj. Gen. Craig E. Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska
National Guard. "These Soldiers had the difficult and dangerous
mission of providing convoy and route security, in addition to
their other security forces duties; we are proud that they are
returning home safe and victorious."
The Soldiers of the 297th Support Battalion were mobilized for
active duty at the end of August 2007. They spent two months
training at Fort Richardson in preparation for the deployment
"We executed our security mission effectively and efficiently
while we were deployed to Iraq despite attempts by the enemy
to counter our productiveness," said Capt. Joshua Shrader,
commander of Bravo Company, 297th Support Battalion. "We
encountered numerous IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and
enemy fire while on missions, but our training, skill level and
the caliber of our Soldiers were no match for the enemy; we are
returning to Alaska with success and the knowledge that we helped
keep U.S. and Coalition Forces safe while were there."
The unit was recognized for exceptional service while deployed.
So far, unit members have received four Bronze Stars for Valor,
21 Bronze Stars for Service, two Army Commendation Medals for
Valor, 62 Army Commendation Medals for Service, six Purple Hearts,
79 Army Achievement Medals for Service, 31 Combat Action Badges
and four Combat Infantry Badges.
The Guard members of Bravo Company, 297th Support Battalion all
hail primarily from South Central Alaska, although most regions
of the state are represented by unit members.
The Soldiers were serving as
security forces based out of Camp Anaconda, Iraq, since October
"We are very excited about
his return," said Stacy's mother, Julia Guthrie.
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