Army Spec. Billy R. Sellman has deployed to the Iraqi theater of operations to support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, the ‘Black Lions,’ 4th Infantry Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Riley, Junction City, Kan. The Black Lions, activated in 2006, are one of the Army’s newest modular infantry brigade combat teams. In preparation toward the Black Lions’ deployment to a combat environment, the battalion soldiers completed a demanding four-week collective training density at Fort Irwin, 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 people of Iraq. Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq’s economic and governmental infrastructure and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence as a democracy. Sellman is a healthcare specialist with two years of military service. He is the son of Gene and Jadene Sellman of Brady and a 1993 graduate of Brady High School. His wife, Marissa, is the daughter of Kenan E. and Martha Gully of Sykes Circle, San Angelo.