Hometown News: Benjamin Vance
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 people 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.
Vance, a utilities equipment repairer, is normally assigned to the 47th Combat Support Hospital, 62nd Medical Brigade at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. He has served in the military for more than two years.
He is the son of Janice F. Vance of Marshall St., Wetumpka, and Benjamin Vance of Columbus, Ga.
His wife, Hope, is the daughter of Robert Moxley of Montgomery.
The specialist graduated in the year 2000 from Elmore County High School, Eclectic.