Gen. Tommy Franks, left,
commander of the U.S. Central Command, shakes hands with Sgt. Lucas Goddard, a 2000 Sitka High School graduate, after decorating him Monday with the Bronze Star in An-Najaf, Iraq. Goddard, the son of Kathi and Nick Goddard of Juneau, is with the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. Kathi Goddard said her son was deployed to Kuwait in March. Learning there was a photo of him alive and healthy was a great relief. "We haven't heard from him. We watch the news every night," she said. Also shown is Sgt. James Ward of Wilmington, N.C., also decorated with a Bronze Star. The award is presented to Army soldiers for heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.
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