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Saddam hunter coming to the Boro
Airbourne Ranger to speak for Boys & Girls Club fundraiser
W Steve Russell
Lt. Col. Steve Russell was part of the military unit that helped capture Saddam Hussein in Iraq. He will speak Thursday as part of a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bulloch County. - photo by Special
     What was it like to help capture Saddam Hussein?
     On Thursday at 6 p.m., guests at the Fourth Annual Steak & Burger Dinner benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County will find out.
     Supporters of the club who come out to the First Baptist Church of Statesboro, will hear firsthand accounts regarding the hunt and capture of Saddam from one of the key players in the operation that toppled the dictator. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Steve Russell will share his story about the discovery of Saddam’s shadowy network and how his men picked up the trail that led all the way to the hole where Saddam was found hiding.
      The lieutenant colonel and Oklahoma state senator retired from the U.S. Army after serving 21 years in Airborne Light and Mechanized assignments in the Arctic, the desert, the Pacific, in Europe and in the continental United States. He served more than seven years overseas and during his military career was deployed operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
     During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Russell commanded the 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry “Regulars” and conducted combat in Tikrit, Iraq from the spring of 2003 to the spring of 2004. An Airborne Ranger, Russell is a highly decorated veteran having received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Valorous Unit Award.
     The story of Russell’s unit was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Ace in The Hole” and on the BBC network’s Panorama Show - “Saddam on the Run.” The meritorious exploits of his battalion have also been featured on CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS and in Time Magazine.
     After his return home to Oklahoma, Russell founded Vets for Victory, a non profit organization that promotes the support of fighting men and women in the American Armed Forces by rallying citizens and lawmakers, educating them on the mission of the United States overseas emphasizing victory for soldiers on the battlefield and victory at home.
     The Annual Steak & Burger Dinner is the largest fundraiser held each year to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County. Limited seating is still available for the dinner to be held in the Perry Fellowship Hall Thursday evening. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Director of Resource Development Mike Backus at 912.515.6153 or at

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