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Harris returns from tour in Iraq

Friday, June 16, 2006

Michael K. Harris Sr.
SIKESTON -- City councilman and Master Sgt. Michael K. Harris Sr. returned to Fort Riley, Kan. from active duty with the Missouri Army National Guard on May 21, after a one year tour in Iraq. Following the Freedom Salute ceremony in Jefferson City on May 25, Harris returned to Sikeston with his family.

Harris distinguished himself by exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Operations at the Anaconda Area Office, Balad, Iraq from June 1, 2005 to May 21, 2006 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this time, Harris provided unflagging support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission, its employees, supporting contractors and the team of Iraqi engineers seeking to rebuild Iraq.

Harris received the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, two Overseas Services bars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. The Bronze Star is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service.

At a reception held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 5, Harris was greeted by fellow council members. He presented each council member with an embroidered prayer rug which detailed the names of the Forward Operating Bases where Corps of Engineer personnel had a presence in the Diyala Province. Harris also presented the city of Sikeston an American flag that was flown in Iraq. City Manager Doug Friend accepted the flag on behalf of the city.

Mission Missouri's Potter's House Ministry and the House of Liberty gave a reception and luncheon on June 10, where Harris shared a PowerPoint presentation of the construction sites he supervised along with several photographs of his coworkers and the Iraqi people.

Harris plans to fulfill the rest of his term on the City Council and resume duties with the Sikeston Public Schools Career and Technology Center in the fall. He has resumed his duties as pastor of Mission Missouri's Potter's House Ministry.