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Hometown Hero: Ryan Harvey

By January 21, 2011

Army Reserve Sgt. Ryan D. Harvey has been mobilized and activated at Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operation New Dawn in the Iraqi Theater of Operations or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Southwest Theater of Operations.

The soldier is a member of the 304th Psychological Operations Company, Sacramento, Calif.

The soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the U.S.  They go through a series of in-processing procedures and training classes that prepare them for skills and situations they may face in their deployed environment.

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.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official names 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.  U.S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Iraq, the Arabian peninsula, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

The sergeant is a psychological operations specialist with four years of military service.

Harvey, a 2002 Ponderosa High School graduate, is the son of David and Irene Harvey of Shingle Springs. He received an associate degree in 2006 from Folsom Lake College. His wife, Michelle, is the daughter of Charles and Doreen Whitlow of Yuba City.

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