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Minnesota National Guard
257th MP continues to excel in Afghanistan

Ever since SGT Geoffrey Latsch was a child, he had dreams of joining the military and doing something that mattered and was honorable  In January 2007, Latsch joined the Minnesota Army National Guard  Latsch put in great effort which resulted in success towards his military career  In basic training, he had the highest score on the Army physical fitness test (APFT) in his company  This was just one of the measured efforts that led him to be named his platoon's "Honor Graduate" 

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In 2010, Latsch was chosen to represent the 257th Military Police Company in the Soldier of the Year competition in which he won the state competition  During the competition, he continually displayed the motivation and dedication that affirmed how honored he felt to be part of "Minnesota's Elite" 

Latsch did not rest on his past success  He continued to show his motivation on July 4th, 2012, when the 257th MP Company arrived in Afghanistan  That very same day, with only a few hours of sleep, Latsch signed up for a military combatives event  Latsch competed in this Mixed Martial Arts combatives tournament being held on base  He took second place in the light-heavy weight class, one weight class heavier than his normal weight division  

On Aug 4, Latsch also participated in the 31 Heroes Project  This event was held to honor our fallen heroes killed in action on Aug 6, 2011 from a Chinook helicopter crash This tragic event took the lives of 30 military service members and one military working dog  The 31 Heroes Project is a 31-minute partner workout that consists of a series of 8 thrusters (which is like a clean and jerk with 115 pounds), 6 consecutive rope climbs, and 11 box jumps (30" box) 

Partner #1 will perform the workout while partner #2 runs 400 meters with a 45-pound sandbag  Once partner #2 returns from the run, partner #1 will grab the sandbag and begin with the 400 meter run, partner #2 will continue to work wherever partner #1 left off  Latsch and his partner completed a full six rounds and the thrusters and one rope climb in the seventh round

The 31 Heroes Project has a small fee of $37  All funds raised by the 31 Heroes Project were donated to Snowball Express, the Travis Manion Foundation and the 30 families immediately affected  This program provides support to the families of all the fallen military heroes- past, present, and future

Latsch is very proud of what he has accomplished to honor the memory of those Soldiers  "I am proud to recognize, remember and honor those who did so much for us," said Latsch

Aug 4, 2012
Story by Sgt Maya Erickson
257th Military Police Company
Unit Public Affairs Representative

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