(Clinton) - Harold P. Naughton, Jr., State Representative for the 12th Worcester District, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and member of the U.S. Army Reserve, has returned home from his third military deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Naughton was called to active duty in the middle of June at which time he was sent to Southwest Asia where he served the majority of his deployment. While serving overseas, Naughton worked as a legal advisor to two different task forces within the U.S. Central Command and worked within an operational security unit with missions throughout the operational areas of Operations Inherent Resolve and Operation Enduring Freedom.

During his deployment, Naughton served as an advisor on the Law of Armed Conflict and Rules of Engagement. Naughton is available to discuss and provide insight on the military situation overseas in areas including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, as well issues affecting veterans of the Commonwealth.     

“I found an extraordinary sense of mission, purpose and comradery among American troops during this deployment. I will carry that with me for years to come and continue to pray for the safety of my colleagues in harm’s way.

I want to thank my dedicated staff for their management and operation of both my district and State House offices in my absence. My family and I also want to express our deepest thanks and appreciation to everyone who offered their support and prayers during my deployment. While being away is never easy, I found comfort in knowing that my friends, colleagues and community always stood behind me and my family. I look forward to rejoining my staff and my legislative colleagues to continue working on behalf of the remarkable residents of the 12th Worcester District.”

This is Representative Naughton’s third deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve. After joining the Reserve following 9/11 Naughton served a tour of active duty in Kuwait and Iraq with the Multi-National Force Iraq from 2005 to 2006. Naughton served with the 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team from 2011 to 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Naughton has also served in Central Africa. He is currently a Major in the Army Reserve.