In the service: Richard G. Watson
March 9, 2013
Army Spec. Richard G. Watson has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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 against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
Watson is a rifleman assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for three years. He is the son of Robert Watson of Modesto, and Nancy Footlik of Grass Valley. His wife, Brianna, is the daughter of Mike Dickinson of Grass Valley. The specialist is a 2009 graduate of Peter Johansen High School in Modesto.