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Memory of Guard Soldier honored with dedication of Minneapolis Military Entrance Processing Station

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Aug 8

The Minneapolis Military Entrance Processing Station will dedicate their ceremony room to Sgt Bryan McDonough, fallen Minnesota National Guardsman, Tuesday, Aug 12

"Sgt McDonough was a member of B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry when he was killed on Dec 2, 2006, in Fallujah, Iraq," said Maj Scott Hawks, Minnesota National Guard State Public Affairs Officer  

"To me when a soldier joins the military their whole family is involved When we lose a soldier it affects the whole family and the community," said Lt. Col. Elisabeth S Litvin, commander, Minneapolis Military Entrance Processing Station and 1st Battalion

"What the McDonough's have done to help other military families is pretty amazing," said Litvin 

His family has since established The Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation that provides support to local soldiers and families adjusting to life with the physical and psychological wounds of war

The Military Heroes Foundation is hosting the 8th Annual Bryan T McDonough American Heroes Golf Classic Aug 8 at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater and the dedication will be announced at the tournament awards dinner

Tim Nelson, who was in the vehicle with McDonough on Dec 2, 2006, will speak at the dedication at 10 am, Aug 12, at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Suite 3201, Fort Snelling, Minn

Members of the media are invited to attend, but must coordinate for security reasons with Lt. Col. Elisabeth S Litvin at 612-725-1770 or elisabethslitvinmil@mail.mil

For additional information and photos of Sgt McDonough visit MinnesotaNationalGuardorg/soldiers_and_airmen/fallen_mcdonoughphp

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lt. Col. Elisabeth S Litvin at 612-725-1770 or elisabethslitvinmil@mail.mil




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