10 November 2009

Wisconsin Soldiers you should know.....

First off, SGT Nickolas Mueller. 26 year old veteran of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). 

These are the guys theat provide air support for Special Forces. When you hear about the AC-130 Spectre gunship, you're hearing about these boys. When you hear about an insane Chinook pilot hovering an inch off the top of an Afghanistan mountain, in a blizzard, while a platoon of Rangers goes charging off the ramp into the line of fire, you're hearing about these guys getting those Rangers there.

These guys are responsible for getting the tip of the spear to the fight and watching over them like fully armed deadly guardian angels and getting them back out and home in time for dinner.

These guys are among the best of the best.

But on October 26th, one of our Chinook's went down in Afghanistan; killing two SF operators from 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group and all five soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment.

SGT Mueller was one of those from the 160th and he was from Little Chute, WI.

His funeral was November 7th. 

The next two were victims in the Ft. Hood shooting.

SGT Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, and Russell Seager, 51, from Mount Pleasant.

SGT Krueger graduated from high school in 1998 (the year I enlisted!) and was moved to enlist herself after the 9-11 attacks stating that she would take on Osama Bin Laden herself if she got the chance.  

Her mother; Jeri Krueger, recalled telling her daughter she could not take on bin Laden by herself.

"Watch me," her daughter replied.

 Amy arrived at Fort Hood Tuesday of last week and was scheduled to be sent to Afghanistan in December

MAJ Russell Seager joined the Army Reserve about four years ago and had pushed officials for deployment. 

Seager led a mental health team at the VA center in Milwaukee,who treated veterans suffering from mental health problems related to their war experience. His patients ranged from those in their twenties just back from Iraq and Afghanistan, to veterans in their 80s and 90s.

In Iraq, he was to work to address those kinds of problems when they first appear.

Amy and Russell will unfortunately not get the chance to live their dreams.

These three soldiers are missed and will be remembered as the heros they are.

God speed SGT Mueller, SGT Krueger and MAJ Seager.

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