Army National Guard Spec. Nolan R. Meadnis has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., for a deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The soldier is a member of the 185th Infantry Battalion, a national guard unit based in Fullerton, Calif.
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.
Meadnis is a designated marksman with two years of military service.
He is the son of Robert Meadnis of Mayer, Ariz., and Candice Anderson of Anaheim, Calif., and a 1999 graduate of Rancho Alamitos High School, Garden Grove.