Army Sgt. Pepperman of Cicero returns from Iraq

Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Scott H. Pepperman has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base 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.

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.

Pepperman, a civil affairs sergeant, is assigned to the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Mattydale, N.Y. He has served in the military for 15 years.

He is the son of Terry A. and Mary M. Pepperman of Smith Road, North Syracuse.

The sergeant first class graduated in 1994 from Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

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