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Maine native honored in Defense Intelligence Agency ceremony

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, at 11:56 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C . – Sergeant Lawrence A. Roukey, U.S. Army Reserve and native of Maine, was honored for his service and sacrifice by the Defense Intelligence Agency  in a Nov. 7 ceremony at its headquarters on Joint Base BollingAnacostia. Sgt. Roukey was inducted into the DIA Patriots’ Memorial, which honors DIA employees who have died in service to the United States in support of the DIA’s mission.

 Roukey was killed in action on April 26, 2004, in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was born on April 4, 1971, in Portland. He served in the United States Army as an Infantryman 1991-1994, with assignments in South Korea and Egypt, and then he rejoined the military as an Army Reservist in Maine. Sgt. Roukey had volunteered for a one-year assignment in Iraq in early 2004.

 “It is fitting for the DIA and for all of us to honor Sgt. Roukey so close to Veterans Day, as well as all of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in defense of America and American values, including our military intelligence professionals,” said Sen. Susan Collins in a statement entered into the Congressional Record.

 “Prior to today’s ceremony, the memorial at DIA honored 21 individuals for their ultimate sacrifice. Now the memorial honors 25 individuals. Today we commemorate Sgt. Roukey and the other service members honored with him, as well as all of those who have served under the flag of the United States of America.”

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