Cicero Army sergeant returns from Iraq

Army Staff Sgt. Charles M. Iavarone has returned to the U.S. after being deployed to an overseas forward operating base to serve 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.

Iavarone is a military police member of the 39th Military Police Company based in Minden, La. He has eight years of military service.

He is the son of Phillip F. Iavarone of Circle Road, North Syracuse. The sergeant is a 2001 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

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