Return of Vietnam POW’s 42 Years Later

Lt. Col. Barry B BridgerThis week we talk with Lt. Col Barry Bridger, a Vietnam POW who spent 6 years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Capt Bridger began flying combat missions during his first regular tour of duty in Southeast Asia with the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, in late 1966. He was forced to eject over North Vietnam on January 23, 1967, and was taken as a Prisoner of War. After spending 2,232 days in captivity, he was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973, and was hospitalized for his injuries at Andrews AFB, Maryland.


Veterans Courts & Airmen of the Year

800px-C-130H_over_Mills_Lacs_Lake_-_060820-F-3188G-124This week, we’ll get an update on the expanding use of Veterans courts across the states and hear from Minnesota’s Airmen of the year. Guests include:

  • Pete Orput & Jeff Peterson Washington County
  • Air Force Master Sergeants Jessica Todd and Ryan Fenton and Tech. Sgt. Ashlee Ingvalson of the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing


Visiting Hurricane Sandy, Talking with the Doc & Guiding Veterans

8182163089_972372b1d6_bThis week we’ll talk to the new Minnesota National Guard Air Force Surgeon General, find out about a local Airman’s volunteering efforts to Hurricane Sandy and another great service for Veterans. Guests include:

  • Minnesota Air Force Surgeon General Dr. (Col.) David Hamlar
  • TSgt. Rebecca Tongen, 133rd Airlift Wing
  • Tony Tengwall of  Wounded Warriors Guide Service


Vietnam Veterans of America and 148th Fighter Wing Deployment

F16 Block 50This week we learn about the Vietnam Veterans of America Minnesota State Council and we hear about the recent deployment of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota National Guards latest deployment.

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Military Appreciation Day Joint Services 2012

This week we recorded the show live at the Minnesota State Fair on Military Appreciation Day. The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines were well represented at the KTLKState Fair 2012 booth. Minnesota National Guard, Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash was our first guest and we found out about what the Army and Guard in Minnesota was focusing on. We also had Navy CMD Denise Spainer on the show and she gave us the run down on Naval Operations originating from our state and told us about the Navy Ball.  Marine Command Sgt. Maj. Duane Hauer talked to about recent Marine Deployments and their popular Toys For Tots program. Air Force Greg Greg Haase wrapped up another great show at the fair with information about  Air Force and Air Wing operations, recent deployments and current deployments.  One topic every leader said they were focusing on is Veteran’s employment.