Serving our Country

I joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2002, but didn’t ship out for Basic Training until 2003 – as the United States was invading Iraq.

My wife (girlfriend at the time) Megan and I at Basic Training graduation, before I went on to AIT. When I got home in August, I learned I was shipping out to Kosovo.

Ft. Stewart, GA barracks. 

Field training for Kosovo in Ft. Stewart, GA. We are on lunch break here.

Providing protection on a local train route while in-country.

Here I am just outside Film City, Kosovo, guarding a communications depot. We patrolled the perimeter in 12-hour shifts. We were on top of a high point that was shared with the British & Italians. They told us the entire eastern/northern portions of the hill were littered with land mines. There was melted armor and old, shelled buildings from Slobodan Milosevic’s forces left over from bombings in the ‘90s.

On base at Camp Monteith during off-time, outside my seahut.

On base at Camp Monteith during off-time, outside my seahut.

Homecoming from Kosovo, carrying a 113th Cavalry hat – an honor they gave me after I was attached to them at Camp Monteith.

Homecoming from Kosovo, carrying a 113th Cavalry hat – an honor they gave me after I was attached to them at Camp Monteith.

There is nothing sweeter than coming home and being with friends and family.

There is nothing sweeter than coming home and being with friends and family.