Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Bixby has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Bixby is a member of the Regional Training Center East, Fort Dix, in Trenton, N.J.

The soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the United States. They go through a series of processing procedures and training classes that prepare them for skills and situations they may face in their deployed environment.

Bixby, an instructor, has served in the military for 15 years. He graduated from Georges Valley High School in 1981 and received a bachelor’s degree in 2001 from the University of Maine at Orono.