Army 1st Lt. Jason L. Bahmer has returned to Fort Richardson, Alaska after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldier is one of 100 members of the 23rd Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
The unit, known as "the Guardians," served in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, and specialized in clearing roads of mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U. S. troops and allied coalition partners.
Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U. S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war on terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U. S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
The lieutenant is an operations officer with three years of military service.
He is the son of Lowell N. and Patty A. Bahmer of Homer Reed Road, Barnesville, Ohio.
His wife, Jami, is the daughter of Bill and Penny Biedermann of Nigh Road, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Bahmer graduated in 2004 from Barnesville High School, and received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.