Hometown News: Michael Benson
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.
Benson, an air transportation journeyman with four years of military service, is normally assigned to the 437th Aerial Port Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
He is the son of Sam C. Benson of Riverknolle Road, Tallassee.
The airman graduated in the year 2000 from Tallassee High School.