columbia soldier http://kbia.org en Soldier surprises kids with early return http://kbia.org/post/soldier-surprises-kids-early-return <p>One mid-Missouri soldier has returned home early from his deployment to Afghanistan. Yesterday, Sergeant Major Mike Lederle attended a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone High School. But the soldier’s presence was a surprise for&nbsp; his 9<sup>th</sup> and 11<sup>th</sup> graders who attended the assembly.</p><p>The moment was seconds away, but Sergeant Major Lederle was ready for battle. His boots were tied, his gear was perfectly rolled and tucked in, and his posture was stoic. But this time, it wasn’t an enemy he was confronting, it was anticipation.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:12:22 +0000 Daina Schnese 21112 at http://kbia.org Soldier surprises kids with early return Two Columbia soldiers have died this week http://kbia.org/post/two-columbia-soldiers-have-died-week <p>Two Columbia military members have died in the last five days. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:18:00 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17466 at http://kbia.org Two Columbia soldiers have died this week