Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Justin C. Godfrey 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.
In addition, Staff Sgt. Godfrey was decorated with the Bronze Star.
Godfrey, a civil affairs team sergeant, is assigned to the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Mattydale, N.Y. He has served in the military for nine years.
He is the son of Joe Godfrey of U.S. Route 4, Mexico, N.Y.
The staff sergeant graduated in 2001 from Mexico High School.