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Minnesota National Guard
Mountain Lake native uses military skills to help flood-impacted Croatians

Lounnee Minor Some are in the Army just for a contract, some reenlist and serve for a number of years and very few adapt the Army as a lifestyle

For Minnesota National Guard Spc Lounnee Minor and her Army Reservist husband Spc Daniel Minor the Army is their life Their military service has separated the two for numerous birthdays, anniversaries and holidays

The geographical separation hasn't distanced the love that is apparent between the two high school sweethearts, especially during a recent trip to Croatia for the roughly five-foot high spirited Laotian-American as she waits for the next opportunity to call

"I miss him, but I know he supports me and that means the world to me," said the starry brown-eyed woman talking about her husband, who she met in 9th grade at Mountain Lake Public School

Duty and honor are just a few of the things that fuels this Soldier She takes a lot of pride in her duties and responsibilities as a carpentry/mason specialist for the 851st Vertical Engineer Company which is currently in Croatia to renovate and rebuild a community center in a town that was severely damaged by flooding

"I love being able to help people," said Minor, who recently changed her education goals and is planning for a career in nursing

In both capacities she has found a way to serve and has so much pride in her mission

"I love having a skilled trade, but the joy I receive from being able to help people is so filling," explained Minor

Her unit has done numerous projects around Camp Ripley Training Center as well as humanitarian-geared missions overseas

"I want to learn, I didn't come here to do the same old thing for annual training," said Minor "I think it is awesome I get to be here to learn about their architecture and culture"

June 20, 2015
by Tech Sgt Lynette Olivares
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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