Hometown News: Jean Walton
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.
The specialist is a military police member normally assigned to the 206th Military Police Company, based in Latham, N.Y. She has served in the military for two years.
She is the daughter of Carmen M. Santini of Topaz St., Prattville.
Walton is a 2003 graduate of Waterford High School, N.Y.