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  The Nebraska National Guard               
  Nebraska's Citizen Soldiers in the Twenty-First Century   

Citizens in Time of Peace,
            Soldiers in Time of Need

The highly trained and motivated volunteer citizen-soldiers / aviators of the Nebraska National Guard stand ready to defend the United States at home and abroad when mobilized by the President. At other times they respond to, and aid recovery from, emergencies or natural disasters within Nebraska, when called upon by the governor.

Since September 11, 2001, the men and women of the Nebraska Army and Air National Guard have made remarkable contributions and extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of their state and nation during the Global War on Terrorism.

These are their stories.

Major General Roger Lempke (ret.)

The newspaper line was, you've got these poor guardsmen who had signed up because they could get an education and now they're being called off to war and they're going to have to carry a rifle. I never had anybody come up to me and say, "This isn't fair, I didn't sign up to do this." What I did hear was, "I signed up, period, and I'm going to do my commitment." That's what I heard and I heard it consistently.
  --Major General Roger Lempke, Nebraska Adjutant General.

Oral interview with Maj. Gen. Roger Lempke

  Where I was on 9/11 text of audio
  Delayed reaction and NNG reaction text of audio
  Guardsmen deployed to airports text of audio

All of the quotes in the exhibit came from oral history interviews conducted by 2nd Lieutenant Russell Willbanks of the Nebraska National Guard, questionnaires developed by the NSHS and completed by the soldiers, or personal conversations.

Map highlighting countries where the Nebraska Army and Air National Guard personnel featured in this exhibit were deployed.

As of August 7, 2007, some 3,600 men and women were enrolled in the Nebraska Army National Guard and 940 in the Nebraska Air National Guard, for a total of 4,540. Since September 11, 2001, about 3,200 have been mobilized as part of the operations that make up what the Bush administration has termed, "The Global War on Terrorism."



  Maj. Gen. Roger Lempke

Individuals Stories

  Cpt. Robert Ford

  Maj. Martin Neal

  Cpt. Cindy Mefford

  Lt. Col. Tom Brewer

  Spc. Andrew Rodriguez

  Msgt. Martin Coleman

  Spc. Jenny (Beck) Bos

  Ssgt. John Ayers

  Sgt. Sion Odom

  Col. Thomas Schuurmans

  Chaplain Brian Kane

  Maj. Jim Oliver

  Col. George Skuodas

Homeland Missions




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