RETURNED COMBAT VETERAN AWARDED KEY TO CITY IN THANKS SPEAKS OF POLICING IRAQIS, DEDICATION OF U.S. SOLDIERS.Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer
LANCASTER - An Army colonel who recently returned from Iraq after leading dozens of combat missions was given the key to the city by Lancaster officials.
Col. Joseph Anderson, in charge of the 2nd Brigade brigade
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``It's an honor to me personally,'' Anderson said as he held the plaque- mounted key. ``This will certainly be an honor for the soldiers who served with me. I certainly couldn't have done this without them. It's so important that those guys know that what they are doing is right. It's cities like this that show them that. The support is so important.''
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attachment plaques will be sent to Fort Campbell Fort Campbell is a United States Army installation located between Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee and is home to the 101st Airborne Division.
The fort is named in honor of BG William Bowen Campbell, the last Whig Governor of Tennessee. , Ky., home of the 101st Airborne, and hung in headquarters.
Anderson and his wife, both New York New York, state, United States
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``I generally never miss an opportunity to thank our men and women in uniform,'' said Lancaster businessman Frank Visco, who organized the event. ``It's the veteran that has given us our freedoms.''
Anderson talked briefly about operations he and his men undertook. He said fighting the war was less difficult than keeping the peace while trying to teach the Iraqi people how to police themselves, establishing schools and restoring utilities.
Beth Anderson Beth Anderson is an American neo-romantic composer. She studied with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, and Larry Austin, among others. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky and grew up in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. has helped hundreds of soldiers' families with everything from arranging leave for emergencies to setting up funerals and helping financially struggling families.
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