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MHS grad served two tours in Iraq; next stop: Germany

For a Madera High School alumnus who left Coyote country nearly a decade ago, it has been a joyride overseas and even at home as he’s served and defended the nation as an Army non-commissioned officer.

Staff Sergeant Charles Fryer, stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., was deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Fryer graduated in 2003 and enlisted the following year. Once in the Army, he trained to be part of the military police and eventually became a dog handler. He’s worked with trained-to-attack K-9s that detect explosives and narcotics. During his second tour to Iraq in late 2007, Fryer was joined by his explosive-detective dog there.

He’s worked in several military police companies, including the 55th in Camp Casey, Korea, where he took his narcotics-detector dog with him. Now, as a staff sergeant, Fryer supervises basic training for incoming recruits and advanced individual training in the Delta Company, 787th military police battalion, which is part of the 14th military police brigade at Ft. Leonard Wood...


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