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Local soldiers return from deployment

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 1:58 p.m. CST

Army Spec. Tyler M. Ryan and Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Mazza have returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name 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, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific and Europe.

Ryan and Mazza are assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Ryan is an infantryman who has served in the military for two years. Mazza is a senior electronics system maintenance technician who has served in the military for 19 years.

Ryan is the son of Mike Ryan of Sycamore and is a 2008 graduate of Leland High School. Mazza is the son of Diane Orn of Wyoming, Pa. His wife, Tanya, is the daughter of George and Christine Gould of Shabbona.

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