Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Preinfalk 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.
Preinfalk has served in the military for 21 years. During his deployment, Preinfalk received his sixth Army Commendation Medal.
He is the son of Raymond Preinfalk of Holly Springs, N.C., and brother of Dawn Anderson of Phillips, Wis. His wife, Sandra, is the daughter of Fidel Rodriguez of Racine, Wis.
The sergeant first class is a 1991 graduate of Fuquay-Varina High School.