columbia soldier

Soldier surprises kids with early return

Sep 13, 2012
Russell Chapin / KBIA

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  his 9th and 11th graders who attended the assembly.

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.

MBK (Marjie) / Flickr

Two Columbia military members have died in the last five days.