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Minnesota National Guard
Family Matters Go Beyond the Uniform

Minnesota National Guard A family separation is without a doubt one of the toughest challenges a Service member will face, especially on a deployment to the Middle East

Monty and Dusty Greydanus avoided this challenge by enlisting in the Minnesota National Guard with the understanding that they were doing it together

"Monty joined after me," said 1st Sgt Dusty Greydanus with Company D, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry "I don't think I talked him into it, but know he joined after talking to him about everything I got to do If anyone talked me into joining, it was my dad, as he was in the airborne during World War II"

As platoon sergeants, the Greydanus brothers were deployed together in 2004 through 2005 with Company A, 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom While stationed at Camp Ashraf, Iraq, they conducted base security and convoy escort missions

"We did not see much of each other during the year as we were in different platoons and stayed busy leading our own Soldiers," said Dusty "However, we knew each others schedule--it would have been harder if we went on missions at different times"

This family may have known each other well before joining the military, but this unique experience is definitely bringing them closer together

"It would not have been the same without him," Dusty said while thinking back on his shared military experience with his brother

Despite the increase of tempo felt by most first-time deployers, the Greydanus brothers embraced their active duty roles with the support of each other

"It's a great benefit that we are able support each other," said Monty who is currently the first sergeant for Company D, 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry "One of us is always there to calm the other one down--you need to have support doing this job"

While being deployed, these brothers adopted many Service members into their extended family

"It does not matter where you are when you are in the Armed Forces, you are always surrounded by family," said Dusty

Eight years after their deployment to Iraq, the Greydanus brothers are still serving as first sergeants in the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division

"The first sergeant position is one of the ranks that you don't get that much training for--to have someone to talk to and can get ideas from is great," Dusty said

Monty added, "We use each other for our ideas--we don't necessarily make the same decision but we talk to each other about those decisions"

As brothers, these two have always held a competitive spirit between them for the Army's standard for physical fitness, marksmanship and promotions, but when it comes down to it, being a Soldier is always first

"As far back as I can remember, we've always been competitive," said Dusty "Don't get me wrong, we work great together, but when it comes down to the mission, that will always come first"

December 4, 2013
by Sgt Trisha Betz
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs



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