PFC John Patrick Kelly heads to Afghanistan

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
PFC John Patrick Kelly

Saturday Aug. 16, 2008 PFC J.P. Kelly was one of the 70 soldiers from Bravo Troop Second Squadron of the 106th Cavalry out of Dixon to be honored for their upcoming tour in Afghanistan.

Bravo Troop 2-106 Cavalry Squadron was alerted on May 10 in consideration for active federal service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the largest deployment of Illinois National Guard members since World War II affecting roughly 4,000 soldiers.

The Unit was administratively, logistically, and medically screened for availability for deployment, also known as soldier readiness processing.

Bravo Troop will be ordered to active duty in phases over the next two months. During that time they will be briefed on issues concerning their transition to active duty and the conditions they can expect to face while deployed.

PFC J.P. Kelly will report to the Dixon Armory on Sept. 29 to leave for Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he will begin training for his deployment to Afghanistan.