Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harry D. Thompson, son of Harry E. Thompson, Aitkin, has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom while serving at an overseas forward-deployed location. The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while engaged against an armed enemy of the United States. He served as the chief engineer on the U.S. Army Vessel "Champagne Marne" from March through May 2003. While assigned to the vessel, he and his crew played a critical role in the first vessel mission during the war. This mission included the capture of Mina Al-Bakr Oil Terminal and the Gas and Oil Platforms in Iraq. He is a shop supervisor normally assigned to the 558th Transportation Company, Fort Eustis, Newport News, Va. He has 20 years of military service.
Chaplain Glen L. Bloomstrom Jr., formerly of Brainerd, and son of Glen and Lillian Bloomstrom, Deerwood, was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel in a ceremony hosted by Chaplain (Major General) David Hicks, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, at Fort Meyer Va. He is assigned directly to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains and overseas innovations in Army Chaplaincy as Director of Ministry Initiatives. He is ordained by the Baptist General Conference, a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a veteran of combat in Panama. He was assigned at the Pentagon during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Glen L. Bloomstrom Jr.
PFC Jeffery Pels, son of Betty L. Nethercutt, Backus, and Ryan J. Pels, Walker, recently graduated from Advanced Individual Training, C. Co. 281 AR 5th PLT. He will be stationed at Fort Larson, Colo., 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment.
Army National Guard Pvt. Rory M. Keena, son of Dan Keena, Nisswa, recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Navy Lt. Charles W. Turner, son of Candace R. Turner, Crosby, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy O'Leary, son of Marsha and James Tautges, Brainerd, and Navy Airman Recruit Michael R. Peterson Lubowitz, son of Karla J. Peterson and Chuck E. Lubowitz, Motley, and his fellow crewmembers recently hosted actor Ben Affleck aboard USS Enterprise in the Arabian Gulf. Their ship is currently providing close air support to ground units in Iraq as part of the Navy's 5th Fleet.
Army Reserve Pvt. Kristy E. Halverson, daughter of Henning Halverson, Pequot Lakes, and Stacey O'Rourke, Nisswa, recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Air National Guard Maj. John E. Mickelson, son of Ervin Mickelson, Brainerd, is currently deployed overseas at a forward operating location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The major is a flight nurse with 19 years of military service.
Army National Guard Pvt. Brett Meyer, son of Donny and Jinny Meyer, Pierz, recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky., and he arrived at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md., to complete the wheeled vehicle repairer advanced individual training (AIT) course.
Navy Hospitalman Apprentice Nicole A. Goochey, daughter of Debra K. and Kenneth J. Goochey, Brainerd, Minn., recently graduated from the Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Ill.
Army Reserve Master Sgt. Debra L. Dalton, daughter of Rolland Eckerson, Pine River, has retired from the United States Army Reserve after 22 years of dedicated military service. Prior to her retirement, Dalton served as a force structure superintendent assigned to the Headquarters, 89th Regional Readiness Command, Wichita, Kan.
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