A Minnesota teenager is earning the Eagle Scout rank while keeping his brother’s memory alive. Eli Pruka’s brother Sean was a marine, and a lover of animals. So, Eli began working on a project that would honor that along with Sean’s service to his country.
Members of a Minneapolis Air Force Reserve Unit are on their way to support troops serving in the Middle East. More than 100 airmen with the 934th Air Lift wing said goodbye to their families Tuesday morning and boarded four C-130s for the two-day trip to southwest Asia.
More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are scheduled to return to the state next week. Soldiers from the 114th Transportation Company return after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in combat, and later, to suicide. When the Winona, Minn. resident returned from the war eight years ago, he was coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD,
A Stillwater dad home from Afghanistan Tuesday gave his son a surprise birthday present he’ll never forget. Derek Kirby, 6, hadn’t seen his dad in nearly a year. Spc. Gary Kirby surprised him by wrapping himself up in a box at his birthday party.
Nearly 90 Minnesota National Guard members return home after an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan. A homecoming ceremony will be held Tuesday for the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Litchfield.
A Minnesota man is questioning what he sees as a hero’s homecoming for a former prisoner of war. Bowe Bergdahl was released from Afghan captivity on Saturday in exchange for five terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Former Army Sergeant Josh Korder served with Bergdahl in Afghanistan.
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A fallen Minnesota Marine returned home Saturday to a community that honored his sacrifice. Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Cpl. Caleb Erickson and remembered a life taken too soon.
A U.S. marine from Minnesota has died while serving in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Caleb Erickson died Friday when a suicide bomber hit his convoy. The 20-year-old grew up in Waseca.
Five soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard were injured during a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan on Monday. The soldiers are members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Litchfield. One soldier Minnesotan soldier is recovering at a medical center in Germany, while the other four are recovering in Afghanistan. A soldier from California was killed in the attack.
A father and son who fought two very different battles this year are home together for Christmas. When Ryan Johnson went to war in Afghanistan this past spring, he didn’t know if his father would still be here for the holidays.
Four siblings got the surprise of their lives Sunday when their father returned home from serving in Afghanistan.
An ex-Marine from Prior Lake is receiving one of the military’s top honors. Officials are presenting a Silver Star medal to Cpl. Ethan Nagel Tuesday at the Navy Operational Support Center in Minneapolis.
Two combat medics who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan plan to march 23 miles with other veterans through Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday to raise awareness that nearly two dozen soldiers die each day by suicide.