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Phoenix Grad Returns from Iraq

Army National Guard Spec. Eric B. Shaffer has returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Iraq serving in support of Operation New Dawn.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces were 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.

Operation New Dawn officially came to an end Dec. 15, 2011.

Shaffer, a military policeman with the 105th Military Police Company, Buffalo, has served more than five years in the military.

The specialist is a resident of Main Street, Phoenix.