May’s Veteran Of The Month: Andrea Drost
Staff Sergeant Andrea Drost grew up in Luverne, Minn. and graduated from Luverne High School in 2004. Undecided about her future plans, she joined the Minnesota Army National Guard on March 10, 2004 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. She trained to be a combat medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and started her career with the National Guard in the Training Support Unit at Camp Ripley, Minn. while working full time in Post Operations. While working at Camp Ripley, Staff Sergeant Drost also attended training to become qualified as a human resource specialist and an automated logistics specialist.
Staff Sergeant Drost deployed to Ali Al Salem, Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 347th Personnel Services Detachment out of Roseville, Minn. as a human resource specialist in July 2007-July 2008. She received an A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts from Central Lakes College in 2009. Staff Sergeant deployed a second time to COB Basra, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 34th Infantry Division out of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. as a human resource sergeant in February 2009-February 2010.
Staff Sergeant Drost received a B.A. Degree in Human Resource Management from Concordia University in 2012 and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at Concordia University. She is assigned to Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 34th Infantry Division in Inver Grove Heights, MN as a Human Resources Sergeant and lives in South St Paul.