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March's Veteran Of The Month: Capt. Andrea Bond

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CPT Andrea Bond entered military service February 12, 1996  After completing basic training and Advanced Individual Training, CPT Bond was assigned to Charlie Company, 682nd Engineer Battalion in Redwood Falls, MN   As a Specialist, CPT Bond transferred to 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion and attended Officer Candidate School at Camp Ripley, MN 

She was commissioned an Air Defense Artillery 2nd Lieutenant on August 18th, 2002  She was then assigned to HHC 34th Combat Aviation Brigade as an assistant Liaison officer CPT Bond completed her college education in 2004, attaining a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation, Professional Flight from Minnesota State University, Mankato 

CPT Bond branch transferred to Aviation in 2003 and completed Initial Entry Rotary Wing School in 2004 as an Honor Graduate  She is qualified and rated to fly the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter  She returned to HHC 2-147th AHB as the Executive Officer 

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Following an assignment as an Assistant S3 officer and a command position for Bravo Company (Det), 834th Aviation Support Battalion, CPT Bond was reassigned as the S1/Administration Officer and Public Affairs Officer for 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion for deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09  In January of 2009, CPT Bond took command of HHC 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion 

She relinquished command of the Headquarters Company in September of 2010  She is currently assigned to HHC 34th Combat Aviation Brigade as a Public Affairs Officer  

On the full time side, CPT Andrea Bond works as a Yellow Ribbon Coordinator for 34th Infantry Division in Rosemount  She is married to her husband, First Lieutenant Brad Bond and resides in Elk River with daughter Cadynce (2 years) and stepchildren Jordan (15 years) and Emily (13 years)

February 28, 2012 11:32 AM


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