By NEMS Daily Journal
Veterans marker to be dedicated
• TUPELO – A dedication is planned Tuesday for a monument to honor all veterans of foreign wars.
The dedication will be at 9 a.m. at Veteran’s Park. Sponsored by VFW Post 4057 of Tupelo, the monument will remember veterans who served during times of war on foreign soil or sea.
New medical examiner backs out, cites surgery
• JACKSON – Less than a week after announcing that it had hired a second certified forensic pathologist for the state medical examiner’s office, Mississippi’s Department of Public Safety said he has withdrawn because of illness.
Dr. Douglas Posey was hired as chief medical examiner, and officials said he’d begin work on Wednesday.
But Commissioner Steve Simpson said that on Friday, Posey told officials that recent unexpected health problems kept him from taking the job. The department said Posey will remain with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Simpson said Posey didn’t show up Wednesday or Thursday, and he was finally able to reach Posey on Friday.
256th Tiger Brigade Guardsmen return home
• GULFPORT – The first returning members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are back from Iraq, but aren’t yet home.
An announcement Saturday said the troops have demobilization training at Camp Shelby before they’re bused back home.
Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau welcomed a group Friday at the airport in Gulfport. Another group arrived two days earlier, and the rest will return from Iraq over the next few weeks.
The brigade’s 3,000 soldiers left in January for their second tour in Iraq.
They were spread throughout Iraq on many different missions, including base defense and entry control, convoy security and personal security. Other operations included garrison command, special operation missions and unmanned aerial flight operations.