Air Force Staff Sgt. Ismael J. Nava deployed overseas to a forward operating base to support the missions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been mobilized, activated and deployed along with active duty members to support the war against global terrorism. Mission objectives encompass combating the international terrorist network or regime forces outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific and Europe.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

Nava is a missile and space systems maintenance journeyman regularly assigned to the 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. The staff sergeant has served in the military for five years.

He is the son of Ismael and Gloria Nava of Western Drive in Corpus Christi.

Nava is a 2000 graduate of Calallen High School.