Army Reserve Maj. Frank L. Witsberger has been mobilized and activated at Fort McCoy, Sparta, Wis., for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier is a member of the 416th Theater Engineer Command, Darien, Ill.
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.
Witsberger is an engineer operations officer with 21 years of military service.
He is the brother of Frederick W. Witsberger of Ash Circle, Wheeling, W.Va.
His wife, Brooke, is the daughter of Jonalee R. Engstrom of Oscoda, Mich.
The major graduated in 1988 from Wheeling Park High School, and received a bachelor's degree in 1993 from West Virginia University, Morgantown.