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Brothers reunite for promotion

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Out of seven siblings in the Jensen family, five are in the Minnesota Army National Guard and four of the five were able to attend the promotion of the youngest to Chief Warrant Officer 4 at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Sept 25

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Jensen, supply systems technician, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, was pinned as Chief Warrant Officer 4 by his brother, fellow Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brent Jensen

Col Charles Parins, sustainment chief, 34th Inf Div, presided over the ceremony, held in the Sandstorm Conference Center at Multi-National Division " South Headquarters He introduced the brothers by age " and lack of hair " to the assembled members of 34th Inf Div and 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Regiment out of Montevideo, Minn, currently based at Camp Buehring, Kuwait

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Brent and Master Sgt Brad Jensen, the oldest of the brothers, travelled to COB Basra to attend Kevin's ceremony

"It was a tremendously unique experience to have three of my four brothers, members of my old unit and my friends in the military here for this," said Kevin Of the seven Jensens there are five males and two females All the males are members of the Army National Guard

Kevin is deployed to COB Basra with another brother, Maj Brian Jensen, information operation plans officer, 34th Inf Div in Basra "Kevin is the youngest of seven, but he's proven himself to his older and wiser siblings," said Brian with a smile

Brent, who is two years older than Kevin, and Brad are deployed with 1st Bn, 151st FA Regt in Kuwait and were able to make the trip to COB Basra this week

"Brent and I were commissioned together on the same day at Ft Rucker (Ala) in 1995," said Kevin, adding that it was an honor to have him in Basra for the ceremony

Unfortunately, Col Bruce Jensen, the second-oldest Jensen brother, also with the 34th Inf Div and a facilities management officer for the state of Minnesota, was not deployed and unable to attend

By Sgt 1st Class Jeff Mullet
Public Affairs, Multi-National Division-South





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