Edition: 09-11-2013
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Koesters returns home from Afghanistan

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

At the anniversary of September 11th, we are reminded of what happened so many years ago. We remember the falling towers, and the terror that struck our country. Thankfully, we do not have to relive this every day, with the anticipation that something will destroy our country. The reasoning for that is because of men and women like Captain John David Koesters, of the United States Army, who is the son-in-law of Duncan and Diane Williams of Denmark, and owners of Daniel's Pharmacy.

These men and women fight overseas and away from their families to protect the mainland. They have dedicated their lives to making the sacrifice of giving their lives for their country. Each time a soldier returns home it is cause for celebration.

CPT Koesters, returned from his six month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan September 5th, where he served as the Detention Operations and Rule of Law Attorney for Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command-East.

His assignment was to advise and assist Afghan officials regarding the prosecution of insurgents; ensure both Coalition Forces and Afghan officials complied with international law in their capture and detention of those suspected of fighting with insurgent groups; and serve as the liaison between Combined Joint Task Force 101 and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

On a weekly basis, CPT Koesters traveled throughout the eastern portion of Afghanistan, visiting six pre-trial Afghan detention facilities to interview the prisoners and survey their treatment.

For his service, CPT Koesters was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the NATO Medal. When asked for a quote he said, “Afghanistan truly makes you appreciate all of the liberties we have here at home."

Like so many other American soldiers, CPT Koesters has a sense of pride for their service. These men and women fight for people they do not know, they fight for freedom, they fight for America. He said, "I’m proud of our team and what we were able to accomplish there, but I’m extremely happy to be home.”

CPT Koesters made it home just in time to celebrate his first wedding anniversary with his new bride, Jessica Williams Koesters of Denmark.

Tough Friday Night

Jerry Halmon and Mike Hall

Week three of the high school football season was a pretty tough one for football teams in The Advertizer- Herald area. Friday night September 6, saw area teams go a combined 0-5 on the night.

In SCISA action Friday night, the Andrew Jackson Academy Varsity Football team dropped to 0-2 on the season after a 44-16 defeat at the hands of Carolina Academy.

The Denmark-Olar Vikings (0-3) dropped a 28-0 decision to old rival the Blackville-Hilda Hawks in Blackville. The Vikings trailed 13-0 at halftime. The Hawks would go on to score two second half touchdowns to seal the win.

The Red Raiders dropped to (0-3) on the season after losing in a 36-27 shootout with Woodland. The Red Raiders led 27-23 before the Wolverines would add two late scores to secure the win.

In other SCISA action, the Raiders of Jefferson Davis Academy (1-2), lost in a 58-36 shootout with Patrick Henry Academy in Blackville.

And after getting a season opening win last week over North, the Branchville Yellow Jackets fell to Fox Creek by a score of 41-7.