SSG. James M. Russell of Mammoth Spring was activated in early October 2007 and has completed his necessary training at Camp Shelby, Miss.On March 19 as part of Alfa Company 217th B.S.B. he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.James Russell is the son of Theron Russell and the late Billie Russell of Hardy and the husband of Jody Russell of Mammoth Spring. He is the father of Tonya Plott, Gina "Knez" Kirkland, Anthony Knez, Jennifer Knez and one new granddaughter, Kylie Mae Kirkland. He is the son-in-law of George and Charlotte Purdy of Cherokee Village.He will be deployed through the rest of 2008. Anyone who wishes to keep in touch with him can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. mil.