Army Announcement

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Douglas K. Crews Sr. has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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.

Crews is a military police member normally assigned to the 206th Military Police Company, based in Latham, N.Y. He has served in the military for 15 years.

He is the son of Sandy L. Fishbeck of Depeyster, N.Y.

His wife, Norma, is the daughter of Veronica Miller of West Lafayette Avenue in Syracuse.

— Information provided by Joint Hometown News Service