Army Reserve Spec. Eric W. Flowers is returning to the United States after a deployment to Iraq serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn.

Flowers, who graduated in 2007 from Hampden Academy, is a motor transport operator with two years of military service. He is regularly assigned to the 619th Transportation Company, based out of Dexter.

His parents, Steve R. and Jan M. Flowers, reside in Winterport.

The soldiers return to Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., for debriefing, evaluations and out-processing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Army Reserve or National Guard units.

Operation New Dawn transitions and signifies a formal end to U.S. military combat operations in Iraq. The transition shifts the U.S. emphasis from predominantly military to predominately civilian as U.S. officials assist Iraqis in accordance with Strategic Framework Agreement.

The three primary missions of U.S. forces include advising, assisting and training the Iraqi Security Forces; conducting partnered counterterrorism operations; and providing support to provincial reconstruction teams and civilian partners as they help build Iraq’s civil capacity.