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Veterans Day Blog, Part One

Below is an article about Lt. Colonel Tom Brewer, who was the Keynote Speaker this year at Doane College, Crete Nebraska, on Veteran's Day, honoring our nation's veterans. It was an honor to hear Lt. Colonel Brewer share the words of a career soldier.

This will be part one of this blog. I will share personal reflections honoring our Veterans in part two.

The Nebraska National Guard               
  Nebraska's Citizen Soldiers in the Twenty-First Century   
Lt. Colonel Tom Brewer
 
Colonel Brewer is a warrior. As an army figure he is the epitome of a colonel. He was on the Motorola talking to us and still leading after he was shot six times.
  
  --Captain Scott Cadieux, Vermont National Guard


Lt. Colonel Tom Brewer leading a kandak (battalion) of the Afghan National Army on a forced march.

Lt. Colonel Tom Brewer of Murdock served in the U.S. Army before joining the Nebraska National Guard. He was deployed to Afghanistan in March 2003 to coordinate training of the Afghan National Army. On October 12, 2003, Brewer and four other U.S. National Guard soldiers were ambushed at a deserted former Russian tank repair facility known as "The Bone Yard." Some 20 to 30 Al Qaeda and Taliban insurgents hidden in the rubble of a building attacked the soldiers as they were returning from a training mission near Kabul.

During the resulting 45-minute firefight, Brewer was severely wounded (three bullets hit the chest plate of his body armor and others struck his right calf, left bicep, and left underarm). Twelve of his ribs were broken, along with his sternum and nose, and he received a shrapnel wound to his forehead. Despite his wounds Brewer maintained radio contact with his colleagues and continued the fight until additional Guard trainers and other U.S. soldiers arrived. Brewer was the first field grade American officer to be wounded in action in Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart.

In December 2003 Brewer went to the Bagram Air Base in Kabul and served with the Third Special Forces Group (Green Berets) as a liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency. In May 2004 he returned to Nebraska and became commander of the Counter Drug Task Force of the Nebraska National Guard. In June 2005 the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tapped him for deployment to Afghanistan again, where he spent three months in counter-narcotics operations. Shortly after his return home, Brewer led a multi-state National Guard amphibious vehicle team in the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort in New Orleans. 

               Brewer returned to Afghanistan again in September 2006, where the DEA sent him on another counter-narcotics mission. He remained until July 2007.
Source: All objects were loaned by Thomas Brewer
 
The Nebraska National Guard
Nebraska's Citizen Soldiers in the Twenty-First Century


Lt. Colonel Tom Brewer

Lt. Colonel Tom Brewer leading a kandak (battalion) of the Afghan National Army on a forced march.

Lt. Colonel Tom Brewer of Murdock served in the U.S. Army before joining the Nebraska National Guard. He was deployed to Afghanistan in March 2003 to coordinate training of the Afghan National Army. On October 12, 2003, Brewer and four other U.S. National Guard soldiers were ambushed at a deserted former Russian tank repair facility known as "The Bone Yard." Some 20 to 30 Al Qaeda and Taliban insurgents hidden in the rubble of a building attacked the soldiers as they were returning from a training mission near Kabul.

During the resulting 45-minute firefight, Brewer was severely wounded (three bullets hit the chest plate of his body armor and others struck his right calf, left bicep, and left underarm). Twelve of his ribs were broken, along with his sternum and nose, and he received a shrapnel wound to his forehead. Despite his wounds Brewer maintained radio contact with his colleagues and continued the fight until additional Guard trainers and other U.S. soldiers arrived. Brewer was the first field grade American officer to be wounded in action in Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart.

In December 2003 Brewer went to the Bagram Air Base in Kabul and served with the Third Special Forces Group (Green Berets) as a liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency. In May 2004 he returned to Nebraska and became commander of the Counter Drug Task Force of the Nebraska National Guard. In June 2005 the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tapped him for deployment to Afghanistan again, where he spent three months in counter-narcotics operations. Shortly after his return home, Brewer led a multi-state National Guard amphibious vehicle team in the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort in New Orleans.

Brewer returned to Afghanistan again in September 2006, where the DEA sent him on another counter-narcotics mission. He remained until July 2007.
Source: All objects were loaned by Thomas Brewer


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