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Minnesota National Guard
Brother Reenlists Brother

Sgt Mike Hamann of Alexandria, Va, was determined to be the first Soldier of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the Minnesota Army National Guards 34th Infantry Division to reenlist while overseas during the BCTs deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom And with the help of his brother, Capt Bill Hamann of Andover, Minn, he was

Bill Hamann of the 1/34 BCT headquarters, swore in Mike Hamann of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion for his six-year reenlistment on March 20, 2006 at a camp in Kuwait just one day after their arrival

Days later, 20 more Minnesota Guard Soldiers of the 1/34 BCT reenlisted Of those, 18 chose the six-year reenlistment option, the longest available

Spc Jacob Riggs of Princeton, Minn, among those 18, said he reenlisted to do my part for my country and family

The subcontractor said he will use his bonus of $15,000 to build a house

Sgt. 1st Class Heil of Rosemount, Minn, who also reenlisted for six years, said he is going use his bonus to build fencing for his three dogs and build a gazebo and hot tub

For Cpl Allison Garrett of Alexandria, Minn, she said reenlisting for another six years is a great opportunity for female Soldiers like her

Because the military needs higher ranking females to play a role, she said

She said she intends to use her bonus to help fund her marriage ceremony and build a house

For Sgt. 1st Class Kent Lande of Forest Lake, Minn, his three-year reenlistment means he is building on his 20 years in the Guard He is in his 19th year of service

Like Lande, The Hamann family also value military service

Our great grandpa was in the civil war in the 3rd Minnesota regiment and served at Vicksburg, Miss, said Bill Our dad was in World War II as a merchant Marine In fact he was in the English Channel as part of a supply line that fed the Normandy invasion Our oldest brother was in the Air Force in Thailand during Vietnam

The Hamann brothers grew up in a large family of eight children in Northfield and have combined to spend more than 25 years of service in the military

Bill Hamman began his military career in the active Army in 1984 A few years later while stationed in Germany, he advised Mike about enlisting

I told him not to go in the Army, not to go enlisted, and not to go to Germany, said Bill

Mike disobeyed all of his brothers advice After enlisting in the active Army in 1986 and after a couple months of initial training he surprised his brother by showing up in Bills barracks for his first duty station in Germany

He walks into my room and the section chief says Is this your brother? said Bill I remembered him as a scrawny little punching bag He walks into the room and he is six-feet tall, broad shouldered and hes got this big old tattoo I think hes my brother I said I barely recognized him

Both brothers later joined the Minnesota Army National Guard after completing their active service To date Bill Hamann has served more than 17 years in the Guard and works as medical device development engineer

Mike Hamann has served more than eight years in the Guard He works as a civilian contractor for the Army Materiel command in Virginia but still drills in Minnesota

I dont want to leave the unit, he said I enjoy it

While deployed, Bill Hamann is serving as the BCTs resource manager in the S-8 section He said this position challenges him because the 1/34 BCT is the first National Guard BCT to have a resource manager on staff There are no examples to follow so he is learning as he goes

Mike Hamann is serving with the BSBs S-6 communications shop He did not have to deploy, but he volunteered to take the place of a recently married fellow Soldier in his unit

When asked what their goals are for their future in the guard they replied

I dont have any plans to retire at this point, Bill said Well see how this mobilization goes

I figure I have about 12 years left, Mike said

Other Minnesota Guard Soldiers who reenlisted on March 25 are Sgt Arthur Wiegele, Staff Sgt Eric Emery, Spc Kyle Lindemer, Spc Tamara Heibel, Spc Nathan Wendland, Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood, Spc Kevin Budke, Sgt Scott Peer, Spc Wendell Robinson, Spc Thomas Stevens, Staff Sgt Nathan Carlsrud, Sgt Daniel Johnson, Spc Dustin Vollmer, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Seelen, Staff Sgt Matthew Hordyk and Sgt Steven Guptill

Written by Pfc Brian Jesness, 1/34 BCT Public Affairs Office
March 28, 2006

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