U.S. Army soldier from Montrose returns home after eight months in Iraq

(10/11/03) MONTROSE - There is a great sense of relief for the family of a local Army reservist, who is now safely back home in Montrose. For eight months in Iraq, 53-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Cerreto dodged missiles and gunfire in the war zone and helped U.S. forces track down the most wanted Iraqis.

Cerreto was a senior legal advisor to the war crimes investigation team. He was involved with the Jessica Lynch case and was engaged in tracking down the "55 most wanted" in Iraq.

While overseas, the Army awarded Cerreto the Bronze Star for service in a combat zone. For him, the award is dedicated to the many friends he lost in the 9/11 attacks, his family, and the soldiers who are still in Iraq. Cerreto says the War on Terror is not going to be quick or easy. He adds the soldiers who remain in Iraq will do whatever it takes to make the world a little safer.

As a U.S. Army reservist, Joe Cerreto could be called upon again at a moments notice. He says if that happens, he would go back to Iraq immediately to join his fellow soldiers.

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