Copeland deploys to combat terrorism

Army 2nd Lt. Corbin E. Copeland is one of approximately 350 soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade based at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, who will deploy to Afghanistan to serve as a member of Combined Joint Task Force-76 (CJTF-76).

CJTF-76 is a combined and joint rotation unit supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The soldier will join other units that comprise CJTF-76 to help the Afghan people continue on their progress to a free society.

Mission objectives of the combined joint task force include establishing security, defeating Al-Qaida and Taliban forces, and deterring the re-emergence of terrorism. The soldiers are committed to staying the course in Afghanistan and standing firm with the Afghan people against forces actively working to prevent the establishment of a secure environment.


Copeland, a battalion nuclear, biological, and chemical officer, is the son of Glen E. and Deborah L. Copeland of Eva Road, Keyes, Okla.

He graduated in 1999 from Keyes High School, and in 2003 from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

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