Army Reserve Spec. Austin D. Hoyt has returned to the U.S. after being deployed to an overseas forward-operating location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the son of Joe Hoyt of Thayer, and Cheri L. Quackenbush of Republic.
Hoyt is a 2003 graduate of Republic High School.
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 mechanic assigned to the 414th Military Police Company, Joplin.