May 18, 2006

Former VMI cadets serve in aviation units in Iraq

AL ASAD, Iraq (May 16, 2006) -- One hundred and sixty-seven years ago, an educational institution was founded in the rolling hills of Virginia. Through the years, many brave Americans have walked its halls, taking the first steps of journeys marked by personal sacrifices of which some even offered their lives in defense of their fellow citizens and country.

The Virginia Military Institute's mission is to produce educated, honorable men and women prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American Democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril.

Nearly two dozen graduates of this prestigious institution are now serving in Army and Marine aviation units deployed to a remote desert airbase in Al Asad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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