TOMS RIVER—Army National Guard 1st Lt. Michael L. Sojka is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to the Iraqi Theater of Operations 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.
In addition, Sojka was decorated with the Army Commendation Medal.
Sojka, a platoon leader with 13 years of military service, is normally assigned to the 112th Fires Battalion, based in Toms River.
He is the son of Dolores and Richard Sojka of Roselle.
The lieutenant graduated in 1995 from Roselle Catholic High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark.
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