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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | January 16, 2011
SEYMOUR, Mo. ¿¿¿ A community honors a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for freedom. A crowd packed the Seymour Church of the Nazarene to remember Sergeant First Class Robert Wayne Pharris, who was killed in Afghanistan on January 5th. Several hundred lined the streets leading to the church, proudly waving American flags.  Prior to the memorial service, three U.S. Army Apache attack helicopters made an honorary flyover, rattling the town of Seymour and providing an emotional experience for those on the ground.
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Mike Landis and KY3 Reporter | September 11, 2010
Boone County, Arkansas was reminded of the true meaning, and cost, of freedom this September 11.  Army Specialist Bryn Raver was laid to rest, days after his life was cut short in Afghanistan. Grieving, yet proud friends and family said goodbye to SPC Bryn Raver, killed trying to protect our liberty that was attacked nine years ago. "I am proud to be from a town like this because in some places you wouldn't have this," Harrison resident, Sarah Kyle said. Harrison gathers to honor a hometown hero.
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KY3 News | January 30, 2011
A unit of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood will head to Afghanistan Monday. The 55th Mobility Augmentation Company will leave from the Springfield-Branson National Airport's old terminal at 7:30 Monday night. The group of more than 75 soldiers will help clear roads and support other Army soldiers in the war-torn region. The 55th MAC company will be in Afghanistan for at least one year.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | February 5, 2012
FT. LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- More than 90 soldiers came home Sunday.  Friends and family gave a heroes welcome to the 55th Mobile Augmentation Company. The soldiers returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, where they cleared the roads of IEDs (homemade bombs), one of the most dangerous jobs in the war. The soldiers said they grew during their deployment and made life-long friends from their company.  They know the work they did in Afghanistan, making roads safe, will improve the quality of life for those they left behind.
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by: Jerry Jacob | April 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield veteran who served in Afghanistan is organizing a run Saturday that will be unlike any other this year. No clock, no medals, no entry fee.  Just a 5K run to honor the anniversary of the death of Pat Tillman. 9 years ago this week, SPC Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan.  Tillman left the NFL to join the Army and participate in the Global War on Terrorism.  Two years ago, Dane Brown of Springfield was stationed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.  BAF, as it is called, has a USO center named in honor of Tillman.  Recently he learned the Tillman USO Center at BAF was holding a memorial run and inviting anyone in the States who wanted to hold their own memorial 5K to do so and to send pictures to them via Facebook.
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KY3 News | August 14, 2011
A memorial service is this week for a local Navy SEAL killed in action last weekend. Family and friends will honor Senior Chief Tommy Ratzlaff on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Green Forest. SCPO Ratzlaff was one of 30 U.S. troops killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on August 6. The 34-year-old will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  He leaves behind a wife, two sons and a daughter on-the-way along with family in Green Forest.
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KY3 News | October 23, 2010
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be in Springfield Sunday to send off 20 National Guard troops heading to Kuwait. The 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group will work on helicopters and other military vehicles that will be used by soldiers in Afghanistan.    Sunday's ceremony is at 1 p.m. at the Missouri National Guard Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot on North Lester.
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October 6, 2011
Friday marks ten years since the war in Afghanistan began.  During the past decade thousands of military personnel have been either killed or physically injured in the war on terror.  And increasingly soldiers are speaking out on a topic that was once taboo in the military, psychological injuries.   Army Major Jeff Hall always dreamed of becoming a soldier.  His first deployment to Iraq in 2003, was everything he'd imagined.    "We were rounding up bad people, we were doing raids, we were helping the population,” said Major Hall.  Two years into the war things changed.
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KY3 News | June 5, 2011
A heroes welcome home this afternoon for a marine returning from his overseas deployment. Cpl Ricky Sanderson is a graduate of Forsyth High School.  After an emotional reunion with his family at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, Sanderson made his way home to Forsyth with the Patriot Guard as his escort. Waving flags and holding signs, folks lined all up and down Highway 160 to greet their hero.  Sanderson spent time in Pakistan, Somalia, and Afghanistan; he hasn't seen his family since 2009.
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Courtesy Joshua Hyatt | October 31, 2012
The USO really came in to my family's life on December 31, 2010, when a tornado tore through our neighborhood on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While our house was not completely destroyed we were still required to vacate the neighborhood for the next week. I was scheduled to drop Kimberly, my wife, and Jackson, my 1 year old son, off at the Kansas City Airport in one week so that she could begin driving across the country to stay with her family while I deployed to Afghanistan. Needless to say, it was already a stressful situation to begin with and now, not only did we not have access to our belongings, but we also still had to properly clear our quarters on post because of the lack of damage.
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