Army National Guard Spec. Michael D. Gilbride is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraqi or Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom, respectively.

The soldiers return to Fort Dix, N.J. for debriefing, evaluations and out-processing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Reserve or National Guard units.

Gilbride is a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 628th Aviation Support Battalion based in Annville, Pa. He has served in the military for four years.

He is the son of Linda F. Tomasko of E. Center St., Nesquehoning, and grandson of Frances Turner of Spencer Lane, Albrightsville.

The specialist is a 2004 graduate of Panther Valley High School.