Veterans will be recognized during Ox Cart Days – Crookston Times

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Four veterans will be recognized for their service at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 20 at 9:30 a.m. This year’s veterans are Matt Genereux, Nick Genereux, Becky Kofoed and Cole Perry.

Matt Generous

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Matthew “Matt” Genereux joined the MN Army National Guard at Moorhead on November 7, 2002. His father was in the Army and his brother Nick had joined the Army National Guard. It became important for Matt to serve his country and further his education, and the Guard had perks for the school.

Matt entered basic training at Fort Knox Kentucky and completed basic training on September 17, 2003. The Minnesota Army National Guard was called in to deploy to Iraq. The Red Bulls trained at Camp Shelby and Fort Polk and deployed to Iraq on March 26, 2006. Matt served as a medic at Camp Fallujah and spent the final four months of his deployment in Taqaddum, Iraq. He returned with the Red Bulls in July 2007 and remained with the Guard at Moorhead until his release on November 6, 2008.

Nick Generous

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Nicholas “Nick” Genereux entered the MN Army National Guard at Moorhead on January 31, 2003. He delayed his basic training until the end of the college semester. After advanced training and deployment, Nick returned to South Dakota State University to complete his wildlife and fisheries degree. He enlisted in the military to serve his country and receive educational benefits that helped him graduate.

Nick entered basic training at Fort Knox Kentucky after graduating from college and completed basic training June 26, 2003. He served with B-Co 2-136 until the Army National Guard l Minnesota Army is called to deploy to Iraq. The Red Bulls trained at Camp Shelby and Fort Polk and deployed to Iraq via Kuwait on March 26, 2006. Nick served as a medic at Camp Fallujah and spent the final four months of his deployment in Taqaddum Iraq.

Upon his return to the Red Bulls in the United States in July 2007, Nick remained with the Guard at Crookston until he was released on April 30, 2011 with the rank of SGT.

Becky Kofoed

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Becky Kofoed joined USN through the Deferred Entry Program when she was still in her senior year of high school with a plan to activate after graduation. She wasn’t ready for more school after her high school career, but knew she had to do something BIG.

She joined the Navy on September 11, 2000 while attending boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois. On September 11, 2001, Becky was on the aircraft carrier CVN-17, which was docked in Norfolk and preparing for its first deployment. On September 19, 2001, they deployed with Carrier Air Wing One. On October 15, 2001, they entered the North Arabian Sea, joining the Enterprise and Carl Vinson in conducting attacks against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Becky’s second deployment began towards the end of January 2003. They arrived on station in the Eastern Mediterranean in February. Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 22, 2003. The USS Theodore Roosevelt, along with the USS Harry S. Truman, began launching airstrikes in Iraq. They returned home on October 26, 2003.

Becky was honorably discharged in Norfolk, Virginia on August 23, 2005, with early approval to attend her first semester of college at the University of Minnesota Crookston. His rank upon release was E-5 Second Class Petty Officer.

Cole Perry

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Cole Perry entered the U.S. Army in Fargo ND on September 5, 2006. Cole’s friend Larry Tucker was his role model. He had heard what Larry had been through and thought he should serve his country. Cole said it was only four years – he could handle that.

Cole entered basic training at Fort Sill Oklahoma with a completion date of December 2006. He was then deployed to Baumholder Germany from January 2007 to January 2008. He was then deployed to Iraq from January 2008 to May 2009. Cole returned to Baumholder Germany until November 2009. His MOS was a Fire Support Specialist – called in to support AC130 Combat Artillery. In Iraq, Cole was in the infantry with the same platoon. He returned to the United States at Fort Polk in Louisiana and was discharged on October 22, 2010 with the rank of SGT.