Category Archives: Soldier portraits

Q&A with Sgt. John Matheson of Omaha

Sgt. John Matheson

Hometown: Omaha / Age: 45 / 1-134th Calvary Squadron, Nebraska National Guard, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop

Q: At what age did you enlist?

A: 41. I really wanted to, not to be cliche, but pay my debt …

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Q&A with Spc. Eric Bode of Fremont

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Spc. Eric Bode

Hometown: Fremont, Neb. / Age: 23 / Nebraska National Guard’s 1-134th Cavalry Squadron, Bravo Troop

Q: This is your first deployment, you said. What

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Q&A with Spc. Andrew Suggs of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Spc. Andrew Suggs

Hometown: Cedar Rapids / Age: 27 /  Iowa National Guard’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Special Troops Platoon, Bravo Company

Q: You climbed all around

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Q&A with Staff Sgt. Paul Safford of Omaha

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Staff Sgt. Paul Safford

Hometown: Omaha/ Age: 43 / Iowa Army National Guard, Charlie Troop, 1-113th Cavalry Squadron

Q: What’s life like deployed to Afghanistan?

A: It’s …

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Q&A with Sgt. 1st Class Valerie Baumgartel of Newhall, Iowa

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Sgt. 1st Class Valerie Baumgartel

Hometown: Newhall, Iowa / Age: 37 /  Iowa National Guard’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Third Platoon

Q: What do you do here?

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Q&A with Sgt. Chris Lindahl of Royal, Iowa

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Sgt. Chris Lindahl

Hometown: Royal, Iowa / Age: 29 / Iowa National Guard,  2nd Brigade Combat Team, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Bravo Company

Q: How’s the deployment

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Q&A with Pfc. Jeff Austin of Cedar Rapids

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops

 

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Pfc. Jeff Austin

Hometown: Cedar Rapids / Age: 24 / Iowa National Guard’s 2-34th Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Personal Security Detail

Q: What are you up

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Q&A with Sgt. Greg Gemberling of Sloan, Iowa

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

 

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Sgt. Greg Gemberling

Hometown: Sloan / Age: 27 / 186th Military Police Company attached to the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team

Q: Where have you previously

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Q&A with Spc. Kyle Johnson of Boone, Iowa

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.

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Spc. Kyle Johnson

 

Hometown: Boone, Iowa / Age: 23 / 186th Military Police Company, attached to the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team

 

Q: You said

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Q&A with Staff Sgt. Jeff Budig of Lincoln

An occasional series of chats with one of our troops. 

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Staff Sgt. Jeff Budig

Hometown: Lincoln / Age: 25 / Nebraska National Guard’s 195th Forward Support Company

Q: What do you do here?

A: I am the (motor sergeant) …
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