Air Force Airman 1st Class John R. Winter has returned to the 82nd Security Forces Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas, after serving in Southwest Asia and Persian Gulf region in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and/or Enduring Freedom.
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.
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.
Winter, an installation patrolman, has served in the military for more than two years.
He is the son of Mike F. and Lori K. Winter of 170th St., Dysart, Iowa.
The airman graduated in 2007 from Union High School, La Porte City, Iowa.