Army Reserve Spec. Dustin S. Hayes 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.

Hayes, an automated logistical specialist with two years of military service, is normally assigned to the 332nd Ordnance Battalion, Kenova, W.Va.

He is the son of Donald and Carolyn Hayes of Vincent Hollow, Olive Hill, Ky.

His wife, Stephanie, is the daughter of Billy and Vicky McGuire of Clark Hollow, Olive Hill, Ky.

The specialist is a 2007 graduate of West Carter High School, Olive Hill.

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