Army Sgt. Eli A. McCord of Lyons has returned to Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson.
The airborne brigade served in three eastern provinces of Afghanistan, which included the Paktya, Paktika and Khost. Soldiers improved roads, provided vocational training in construction and civics, improved and re-opened 29 schools, remodeled six medical clinics and improved three district courthouses.
McCord, a combat engineer, is normally assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion. He has served in the military for five years.
He is the son of Tim L. and stepson of Linda A. McCord of County Road N, Lyons. His mother, Teresa M. Loga, resides in Defiance, Ohio.
The sergeant is a 2005 graduate of Evergreen High School.